Ronald Gasser, the man who shot and killed former NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage incident in New Orleans last week, was charged on Monday. 54-year-old Gasser is currently being held on a felony manslaughter charge after investigators questioned him for over 12 hours and conducted more than 160 interviews.
Though Gasser admitted to killing McKnight, authorities released him shortly after the incident, citing a need for more time to investigate what happened. It was a move that sparked nationwide outrage and led the local NAACP chapter to hold a press conference outside the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office headquarters demanding justice and transparency, NOLA.com reports.
Sheriff Newell Normand aggressively defended the actions of his department during a press conference earlier this week and fired back at critics, even going so far as to read aloud internet comments that contained racial and homophobic slurs at one point.
"For those who have criticized the men and women of this organization and the strategy decisions that we made relative to that: Tough. I don't care," he said. "Because what I know is I can put my head on the pillow every night, knowing that we've done the right thing for the right reasons."
Watch a clip from the press conference below.
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