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Black Sheriff’s Deputy in Louisiana Dies by Suicide After Condemning Police Violence and Racism

HeadlineFeb 08, 2021

In Louisiana, a Black police officer died by suicide after posting several videos decrying police brutality and racism. Forty-three-year-old Clyde Kerr III, who also served in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, took his own life outside the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office last Monday. In one of Kerr’s videos, he cited the police killings of Botham Jean, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. This is Clyde Kerr III.

Clyde Kerr III: “This is a demonic system. It is not anything I can continue to serve and want to be a part of. And this is a — this is not right. This is no form of justice.”

U.S. residents who need help should contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 — that’s 1-800-273-TALK.

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