Black Deputy’s Suicide Connected to Systemic Issues in Policing

Former Louisiana Officer Called His Choice a “Protest”

On Monday, February 2nd, Deputy Clyde Kerr III of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana committed suicide at the age of 43. He was a father, a military veteran, and a beloved member of his community.

Deputy Kerr revealed his reasoning to take his own life in a series of videos made shortly before his death. He said that as a Black police officer, he simply could not participate in a system that…