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George Floyd death evokes memories of Victor White III for family

The George Floyd case is bringing back memories for an Acadiana father whose son died while in police custody nearly 6 years ago.
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Posted at 6:05 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 19:28:58-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The George Floyd case is bringing back memories for an Acadiana father whose son died while in police custody nearly 6 years ago.

"We're still grieving. For an incident like this to happen, it brings PTSD all over again," Victor White Sr. said. "We haven't even healed from what was going on." He's been an advocate against police brutality, since his son died while in the back of a patrol car handcuffed in New Iberia.

While the death was ruled a suicide, White still stands firm and believes his son was killed by deputies. "It's very disappointing that my son was killed 6 years ago. We fast forward 6 years and we're still getting the same results all over this nation."

Viral images of black men being killed evokes of range emotion for White.

"It just brings back a level of grief for my son," White said. "They took a life. They took someone's life. It was disturbing and distasteful. People who were hired to protect and serve violated their own codes."

It's why he's continuing to call for action while the officers involved in Floyd's death have been fired, White says there needs to be charges. He also says more needs to done on a nation-wide scale.

"I think what needs to happen is they need to be better trained," White said. "They need to weed those individuals out and not allow them to work at any other police force. We as a nation should come together and legislate laws . That's why we need everybody to talk to representatives come together and actually see these cases as crimes."

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