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Two Shreveport officers back to work after struggle that led to man's death

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Jerome Dexter Christmas, 44 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Jerome Dexter Christmas, 44 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Two Shreveport police officers returned to work Tuesday after having been on administrative leave following a struggle earlier this month during which a man died.

Sgt. McConnell and Officer V. Williams are back to work, but officers Mayweather and Butler are still on paid administrative leave, said Sgt. Bill Goodin of the Shreveport Police.

The four officers were involved in the arrest of Jerome Dexter Christmas, 44, and had been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy as the investigation continued.

Christmas was reportedly approached by police after officers responded to a call about a man walking down Highland Avenue, stripping down to his underwear. It happened just after 6 p.m. May 3 in 1100 block of Highland Avenue in Shreveport.

When officers approached the man, they say he began to fight with them and had to be restrained. Police say the man was not responding to their orders.

However, at least 7 witnesses who said they saw the whole thing, said officers used excessive force while trying to subdue the man.

Christmas died after the struggle.

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