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Wendell Allen's family discusses possible sentence reduction for ex-cop


Family members of a man shot and killed by police three years ago say they are not in favor of a reduced sentenced for Josh Colclough, the former officer who killed Wendell Allen.

They went to court to fight the move just one day after a critical report showed that the NOPD made mistakes during the raid in Allen died.

Natasha Allen returned to court Wednesday to see the man who killed her son. Colclough was scheduled to seek a reduction in his four-year sentence for manslaughter, in Allen's 2012 death during a pot raid gone bad. It was a shooting for which he apologized before he was sentenced two years ago.

The hearing was scheduled less than 24 hours after a report by the independent police monitor that showed a series of missteps in both the raid and the police investigation that followed.

"There was a preoccupation to find a weapon belonging to Wendell Allen," said Police Monitor Susan Hutson.

"Everything that came out yesterday, it was the public's first time, and it was my first time, too," said Allen's mother, Natasha Allen.

On Wednesday, Colclough's attorneys asked for and were granted a delay in his sentence reduction hearing, a move that came as little surprise to court observers.

"If we had had that evidence now, Josh Colclough would be going to jail for murder, not for manslaughter," said the victim's grandmother, Deborah Allen.

But Lon Burns, the Allen family attorney said this: "We're not taking a position against a sentence reduction and don't report it. The judge has the discretion to decide."

So far, no one other than Colclough has been charged.

"I just ask the chief to find in his heart, he's a good man, and he's got some good officers, pray on it, and let the police officer be charged with lying and falsifying information to the public on how he treated my grandson," Deborah Allen said.

Due to litigation, NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison wouldn't  directly comment on whether any other individuals would be disciplined for the way the Allen raid was handled and investigated.

"We use this as a lesson learned, as how we should move forward with search warrants, and every form of policing we deliver to residents," Harrison said.

The family wants the district attorney to step in.

"We thought everyone had put all that on the table when we did the plea deal, but now we know they didn't," Burns said.

In lieu of the Orleans DA becoming more involved in this investigation, the Allen family says they're prepared to seek intervention in this case from a higher level.

"My thing will be to send a letter to the U.S. Justice department, because we have a problem with the NOPD that the consent decree isn't fixing. Black lives matter," said Burns.

And the Allen family says they're  prepared to testify whenever Colclough's sentencing hearing is reset.

The Allen family also wants to thank the officer who wore his own personal body camera during the raid, saying that tape allowed the truth to come out.

Neither the DA's office, or the U.S. attorney would comment on the possibility of further investigation into the Allen case.

The Police Association of New Orleans has called a news conference Aug. 6 to respond to what it says are inaccuracies in the police monitor's report.

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