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Louisiana White Man Who Gunned Down 61-Year-Old Black Panhandler Charged with Murder After Three Days of Outcry, Mayor’s Statement

Jace Boyd, 24, who fatally shot a 61-year-old homeless Black man outside of a Trader Joe’s over the weekend faces second-degree murder charges. On Tuesday Baton Rouge police issued an arrest warrant for Boyd, the accused shooter, after days of mounting public pressure.

On Saturday night, disabled man Danny Buckley was panhandling outside of a Trader Joe’s grocery store. A witness identified as “Kaylee” said that after she walked past Buckley with her roommate, she heard Boyd telling him to leave the two women alone. Next, she heard gunfire.

A police report says that after officers arrived on scene, Boyd told them he had shot Buckley. The victim was transported to a hospital where he died. After questioning him, officers released Boyd without charging him, pending an investigation. The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner said Buckley died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Jace Boyd is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of 61-year-old Danny Buckley in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo: Baton Rouge Police Department)

Officers initially claimed Buckley was “aggressively harassing customers,” before he was shot although they did not offer further details about his supposedly disruptive behavior.

Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola said earlier this week this week that the shooting was precipitated by an “altercation” and “the victim’s background remains part of this ongoing investigation.”

In her statements, Kaylee said she did not feel threatened by Buckley.

“Yes, he did ask for money. Yes, maybe he did come a little into my space to speak to me, but that’s not a death sentence,” she said on Twitter. She also said she was initially turned away after trying to give police her account of the incident.

Baton Rouge police did not issue an arrest warrant for Boyd until three days of public outcry had gone by. It also took a meeting between the victim’s family’s attorneys and detectives for a warrant to be issued. In addition to the second-degree murder charge, Boyd has also been charged with illegal use of a weapon.

A source reported earlier this week that some believe Boyd may have fired the weapon in self-defense, but Buckley’s family’s attorney said it’s “impossible” that Boyd was in fear of his life at the time of the shooting.

Buckley’s family said the 61-year old was unarmed and suffered from painful pre-existing conditions that made it difficult for him to be physically mobile, and was known by many in the community.

Danny Buckley. (Photo: Family photo via WAFB9)

Ryan Thompson, one of the family’s attorneys, compared Buckley’s death to that of Emmett Till.

“In the South, in America, it is known that you do not talk to white women if you’re a Black male,” he said. “That was his crime.”

Attorneys also said that Boyd’s Facebook profile, which has since been either made private or deleted, regularly shared Confederate imagery.

“It’s the position of the family that Mr. Buckley was the victim of a hate crime,” Thompson added.

Sharon Weston Broome,mayor-president of Baton Rouge, said on Twitter that she was “concerned” about the shooting, and called on the police chief to conduct a “fair and transparent review.”

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14 thoughts on “Louisiana White Man Who Gunned Down 61-Year-Old Black Panhandler Charged with Murder After Three Days of Outcry, Mayor’s Statement

  1. LaTonya says:

    George Floyd died over an alleged $20 bill. This man is shot for begging for help. And this perpetrator illegally using a Firearm walks free for days before being arrested? Insecure white folks are showing their shameful Fears In alarming numbers now.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Man I’m tired that is a damn shame it took 3 days for this racist monster to be arrested and you wonder why they get mad and destroy shit. REALLY!!! PAY ATTENTION

  3. Michelle says:

    There police should have arrested him THAT day. Instead they waited 3 days & only after public outcry did they finally arrest him. This was a hate crime, no doubt! Charge him that way.

  4. Gui Hil says:

    This youngster came into the world in 1996. Whst could prompt him to be racist except for his up bringing by parents! This is sickening. And for what? All for naught.

  5. Rose Guisti says:

    Bullets don’t see COLOR

  6. Yoli says:

    And this is why you couldn’t pay me to live in backwards ass, embarrassing ass Louisiana…not even if they built me a house from the ground up and gave me a trust fund. 🖕🏽 Louisiana

  7. Gina Ramirez says:

    The BR police department should be held accountable also! Why did it take 3 days to arrest the racist shooter? He shoots a man and they let him walk?!? Another cover-up. And why not take the young ladies statements?? Everything the police did, or more like didn’t do, is so wrong and unacceptable.

  8. tyrone says:

    Start shooting back black people that’s the only thing that white people understand is violence you can’t be peaceful with violent sociopaths

  9. I absolutely agree!! Shoot back!!!!

  10. Regina Wing says:

    If a senior citizen comes up to you & asks for help…please help them! Until you become a senior citizen you will not understand how difficult it is to pay your rent, buy food, get medical care or anything else! Social Security just doesn’t pay for everything! America has lost its heart! Seniors helped build this country! Remember that! Treat seniors with respect!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Tyrone shot back? Then the Justice system will kill them!! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!!!

  12. Tangerine says:

    Yoli, Do you really think life is safer in NY or L.A. or even Miami. Please We are Hated in every area of these United States and sometimes all over certain parts of the Damn World! It’s not just rednecks that hate us and or Rabid Racist against US! Please wake up this is definitely Not the time to Sleep!!!!

  13. Evelyn Horne says:

    The one thing I do know is until black lives are worth more than their things and money there will be no peace. This is what is meant by Black lives matter! I will never understand how this is so hard to understand! When people were going around saying save the whales, somehow everyone knew that it didn’t mean kill all of the other sea creatures! Black lives matter should not make anyone feel as though it’s an open hunting season on Blacks because if they live then I won’t matter! One thing does not cancel out the other!

  14. Desmond says:

    And they wonder why cities are getting roasted and looted! A black man loses his life for a few quarters! We are spending billions of dollars on useless wars! It’s time to defund the Wars and give the money to disadvantaged people color!

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