Update on the Baton Rouge Shooting
Perry Stephens retrieved his .45 caliber handgun from his car to stop Robert temple, a trained boxer, from pounding Officer Brian Harrision's head into mush over a traffic ticket. Officer Harrison had already shot Temple once in the abdomen with his .38 caliber handgun while Temple was astride him beating the supine officer into unconciousness.
Perry Stephens shot Temple four times center of mass, but the direct hits failed to stop the enraged attacker. Stephens then put a .45 caliber bullet into Temple's cranium, scrambling his brains and ending the man's attack forever. The Baton Rouge black community became incensed as the NAACP tried to use every race baiting tactic available to portray this incident as a racially motivated killing.
After six hours of testimony before the East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury, the decision was made that no charges could be filed. Stephens’ attorney, Tommy D’Amico, said he expected his client to be cleared. "I believe he saved the officer’s life. He certainly saved him from suffering great harm," D’Amico said. "It has always been obvious to me that my client is nothing less than a citizen hero because he stepped up to save the officer while others stood and watched."
Kwame Asanté, executive director for the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP, and the Rev. Leo Cyrus, a member of the Baton Rouge Area African-American Ministers, were unavailable for comment.