Phillip Clark (2017)

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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.[1][2][3]

Thornton was placed on paid administrative leave after the accident.[2]

As the result of an internal investigation, Thornton received a speeding ticket and a five-day suspension for driving too fast.[2]

In July 2017, Clark's family filed a lawsuit against the department and Thornton.[4]

On January 7, 2020, a grand jury decided not to indict Thornton.[5]

In November 2021, the lawsuit filed by Clark's family was settled. Details were not disclosed.[2]


The police department has dash cam footage of the incident.[1]

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