City of Shreveport served with $25 million settlement demand in police custodial death of Tommie McGlothen Jr.

Updated: Oct. 27, 2020 at 10:26 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - KSLA has confirmed that the City of Shreveport has been served with a settlement demand for $25 million in connection with the police custodial death of Tommie McGlothen Jr.

Yesterday, according to copies of a demand letter and conversations with multiple sources close to City Hall and the case, Mayor Adrian Perkins and six members of the Shreveport City Council received a settlement demand letter from James Carter, a lawyer with the Cochran Firm representing the McGlothen family, stating that if the city did not agree to engage in “pre-suit settlement discussions by the close of business Thursday, October 29, 2020,” Carter’s firm would file suit.

The possible legal action, according to the letter, would name as plaintiffs the City of Shreveport and Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond.

The use-of-force incident that allegedly led to McGlothen’s death occurred after the 44-year-old Shreveport man who suffered from a known mental condition died in the hospital a few hours after being detained and arrested by the four Shreveport officers.

In September, Shreveport police officers Treona McCarter, Brian Ross, D’Marea Johnson and James LeClare were indicted by a Caddo Parish grand jury and charged with negligent homicide in the case. All four officers were placed on administrative leave by Raymond on the same day that KSLA Investigates aired exclusive cellphone video showing McGlothen’s violent encounter with Shreveport police.

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