Group challenges JPSO's handling of officer shooting case

Group challenges JPSO's handling of officer shooting case

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - The girlfriend of Eric Harris, a man who Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies shot and killed on Lundi Gras, appeared in court Friday to answer to charges related to the incident.

Members of the group, Justice for Eric Harris NOLA, spoke on behalf of Tyshara Blouen.

She was in the vehicle, seated next to Harris when he was killed.

JPSO deputies chased Harris into Orleans Parish after police say Harris had a gun on him and threatened some women at Oakwood Mall on the West Bank.

Deputies Henry Dejean and Kenneth Bonura say Harris was backing up and they feared for their lives. That is when they opened fire on the car.

"It was not until after Tyshara made a public statement to the media, saying that she never saw Eric try to back up. She said 'as soon as he asked me if I was alright, they started shooting at the car. I just felt like they were mad, and chased us.' As organizers for Justice for Eric Harris NOLA, we have no choice but to stand up for Tyshara Blouen and demand that the charges against her be dropped," group member Malcolm Suber said.

The JPSO refused comment on the open investigation, but say they have turned over their findings to the District Attorney's Office.
Blouen's case was continued until Sept. 23.

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