Phillip Clark (2017)
On June 27, 2017, Baton Rouge Louisiana Police Department Officer Frederick Thornton was on-duty, not responding to a call, and driving 30 mph over the speed limit. A vehicle pulled in front of Thornton, who swerved around it and struck Clark, who was crossing the street. Clark died at the scene.
Thornton was placed on paid administrative leave after the accident.
As the result of an internal investigation, Thornton received a speeding ticket and a five-day suspension for driving too fast.
In July 2017, Clark's family filed a lawsuit against the department and Thornton.
On January 7, 2020, a grand jury decided not to indict Thornton.
In November 2021, the lawsuit filed by Clark's family was settled. Details were not disclosed.
The police department has dash cam footage of the incident.
- THE INVESTIGATORS: Eyewitness says BRPD officer involved in deadly crash was driving 'crazy', WAFB, 2017-07-11
- Kevin Foster, Lawsuit settled in case of man struck, killed by Baton Rouge officer, WAFB, 2021-11-11
- Jeremy Krail, Officer who fatally struck pedestrian suspended 5 days, ticketed for speeding, WBRZ, 2017-09-28
- Joe Gyan Jr., Lawsuit filed against BRPD, officer who fatally struck pedestrian in unmarked police car, The Advocate, 2017-07-19
- Jury declines to indict officer involved in death of pedestrian struck in road, WAFB, 2020-01-07