Peaceful protest held following city of Monroe’s release of body cam footage in officer assault investigation

MONROE, La. (KNOE) -Dozens of people flooded the front steps of Monroe City Hall Thursday evening for a peaceful protest. City leaders, elected officials, and others called for full accountability for all the officers involved the night Timothy Williams was arrested by Monroe Police.

“Pleasant, Williams, and Banks-Miley is fighting to the end, and we’re not going to stop here,” said Donecia Banks-Miley, Williams’ lead counsel.

“These are the beginning steps, and as we said before, the only that that’s happened at this point is there’s been an arrest there’s some charges, but there’s been no convictions,” Banks-Miley said.

They also called for the release of the other body cam tapes of the arrest. “The biggest insult is as we still stand here crying out for justice, one tape was released,” Louisiana Senator Katrina Jackson said.

“I don’t think as public officials as those paid with public dollars that you get to decide in your wrongdoing what you release and when you release it,” Jackson said.

Speakers also called for a policy or law requiring all officers to wear body cameras and making sure they are rolling at all times, especially during arrests. 

Ouachita-Monroe NAACP President Ambrose Douzart released a statement regarding the arrest and body cam video.

“After reviewing the video I’m disappointed to see the actions of the officer who created the battery of the suspected after reviewing the video there was no resistance by the suspect. It’s obvious the officer did not use the appropriate actions.”

District One councilman Dog Harvey also released a statement.

“I, like many others, was saddened when I viewed the bodycam footage of the arrest of Timothy Williams. Our officers have a sworn duty to serve and protect the members of the community, and incidents like this do not have a place here. I am confident that justice will be served once the full investigation is complete. I want to commend the administration of Mayor Ellis and their commitment to transparency and accountability. As someone who has friends and family who have served and some ultimately sacrificed their lives as law enforcement officers, I know that the actions of one do not represent the actions of all. We will pray for justice and healing for all of those impacted by this event.”

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