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Peaceful Protest for Nathaniel McCoy

McCoy died June 17, 2018
Posted at 6:56 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 20:08:41-04

Sandra Comeaux is outraged because she says on the night of June 17, 2018, Carencro Police officers murdered her son Nathaniel. On the death certificate, it lists Nathaniel's cause of death as homicide.

However, according to Police Chief David Anderson, homicide is one of the only three categories listed on death certificates, and McCoy's death didn't qualify as either natural causes or suicide.

"Why would you have to tase somebody three times. Then after you tase them and stop their heart, how can you let somebody stay on the ground on their stomach. The ambulance had to tell them to uncuff them," said Sandra Comeaux.

One family member who attended the protest says she and her son witnessed what happened that night, and the incident still haunts them.

"I'm a witness. My son, who's ten years old, took a video of it. Until this day, he has to be on medication to sleep," said Tammy McCoy.

Carencro Police Chief David Anderson says because of civil litigation, he's not able to go in great detail however, "Anytime a life is lost, it's tragic for all parties involved including the officers."

"It's time for justice. I'm asking them to reopen my son's case at the district attorneys office," said Sandra Comeaux.