The Advocate also spoke with Philip Stinson, an associate professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University, who believes Frank had no rights once officers claimed there was a warrant for him.
“When a police officer says that they have a warrant for you, you need to get off the tractor and come with us, that’s not negotiable. You can’t negotiate that, even if it turns out there wasn’t a warrant or it was an invalid warrant,” Stinson said.
Stinson also pointed out that officers could be liable for refusing to try to revive Frank after killing him.
“Once they got him on the ground and he’s dead weight, at that point I think it’s time to check his airway,” Stinson said. “He was unconscious. He had stopped breathing at that point at a minimum, it seems to me.”
An Avoyelles Parish grand jury considered negligent homicide charges against the officers in March, but officers are not facing any charges for killing an unarmed man simply sitting on a tractor asking why they wanted to arrest him.
Watch video of the killing below: