A 21-year-old man by the name of Raheem Howard was recently charged with firing a gun at a police officer in Baton Rouge, LA. Howard was initially charged with attempted murder and illegal use of a weapon. However, after an examination of the evidence presented, the local DA decided to drop the case citing that there was no evidence of Howard ever having a weapon.
Howard was pulled over by Baton Rouge police officer Yuseff Hamadeh who alleged that the 21-year-old shot at the cop after fleeing the traffic stop on foot before Hamadeh fired shots back.
Howard’s lawyer Ron Haley vehemently disputed Hamadeh’s account, stating:
“He didn’t have it. There was not evidence. Because he didn’t have a gun, he didn’t fire a shot. And I think the suppression of the evidence by the cameras either malfunctioning or being willfully turned off only lends to that argument.”
Additionally, The National Black Police Association stated they are going to do a thorough investigation of Hamadeh, particularly focused on his body-cam being turned off. The NBPA says they will “continue to monitor this situation closely, to ensure the fair and equitable administration of justice.” (Via – VladTv)
21-Year-Old Accused Of Firing At a Police Officer Cleared After DA Says There Is No Evidence He Had A Gun – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On August 7th, 21-year-old #RaheemHoward was stopped on North 16th Street in Baton Rouge over a traffic violation by officer #YuseffHamadeh. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the initial report, which led to charges of attempted murder of a police officer and illegal use of a weapon, Hamadeh said Howard fled, he gave chase and fired his weapon, in response to Howard first firing at him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, according to Howard, he never even had a gun to fire at the officers, and on top of that, witnesses in the area said they only heard one shot at the time of the incident. Problem is, the officer’s body camera, as well as the patrol car’s dash came were turned off at the time of the incident. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After further investigation, officials determined there was not enough evidence to proceed with the charges, especially since there were no shell casings – besides the officer’s – no bullet holes or gun on the scene. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Based on the review of that, I didn’t have sufficient evidence to continue on those charges at this time,” East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Tuesday, as he revealed the charges had been dropped. However, he did say the investigation remains ongoing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the meantime, Howard remains behind bars over outstanding bench warrants, but it remains unclear how long he will be detained. As for Hamadeh, according to The Advocate, he has a history of sketchy behavior, as he is the same officer who fatally shot another man after a traffic stop in June of last year. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In that incident, officials said Jordan Fraizer turned to fire at the officers, which prompted Hamadeh to fire back. However, that incident was not captured on video either.