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Former officer who shot, killed unarmed man to ask for reduced sentence

A former New Orleans police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in 2012 asks for a reduction in his sentencing.

Nearly three years ago, officer Josh Colclough killed 20-year-old Wendell Allen in his home while executing a marijuana search warrant. Colclough fired once, killing the unarmed man as he came down a flight of stairs.

In a report released Tuesday, the Independent Police Monitor says New Orleans police botched the March 7, 2012 drug raid and investigation into a fatal police shooting. Among the finding were that police didn't announce themselves before going into the Prentiss Avenue home in which there were six children under the age of 14. The report also says that no one told Allen to halt or get down before Colclough fatally shot him as he stood at the top of the stairs.

"It's really hard. You wish your child was here, and then a report comes out saying he was killed for nothing," said Natasha Allen, the victim's mother.

The report found that several officers lied to investigators and that lead NOPD investigator Sgt. Bruce Glaudi allegedly had "confirmation bias."

The city issued a response saying, in part, that all officers have been retrained on the execution of warrants. NOPD Police Chief Michael Harrison said his department has implemented significant reforms, and that the Public Integrity investigation didn't reveal any criminal violations.

The city says several officers testified that verbal warnings were given before the door to the Allen home was forced open. The city also disputes a police monitor finding that police investigators deliberately ignored video evidence of the shooting.

The Allen family has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the NOPD and is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate.

Colclough has admitted to killing Allen. He has been serving time in prison but will go to court Wednesday (Aug.5) to request a reduction of his four-year sentence.

176 New Orleans properties up for auction Wednesday

The City of New Orleans will auction off 176 properties on Wednesday.

It’s the second in a series of auctions to clean up blight in neighborhoods across the city.

The tax-adjudicated properties are mostly vacant lots across many neighborhoods. They hit the virtual auction block at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The winning bidder will receive full ownership of the properties.

All owners of adjudicated properties scheduled for auction have received multiple notices of taxes owed with a legally-mandated 60-day repayment grace period, including first-class and certified notices of sales. Once a property is successfully auctioned and then sold, all adjudicated property owners, as well as those who have a recorded interest in a delinquent property, will forfeit all rights to the property, according to the City of New Orleans.

A list of the properties is available at CivicSource.com, which is also where the online auctions will take place.

As a result of the first online adjudicated property auction in July, New Orleans brought in more than $2.5 million after 318 people placed over 8,000 bids to buy 79 properties. In addition, more than 44 delinquent accounts of $1,170,326 were paid in full in the weeks leading up to the auction. Altogether, the first auction brought in nearly $3.7 million for the City of New Orleans.

Wednesday’s auction begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. To view properties up for auction, click here. 

More rain for the middle of the week

A bit more rain coverage is on tap for the middle of the week as we get a break from the high that's kept us dry.

A weak area of low pressure is in control currently and it allowed us to see more rain coverage on Tuesday.

We can expect similar coverage through Wednesday afternoon. Monday morning, the heaviest activity came together along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

With a bit more rain and cloud cover, temperatures should stay manageable near normals with upper 70s to start the morning and afternoon highs peaking in the lower 90s.

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