The Louisiana community is in mourning after Clyde Kerr III, a beloved Black Sheriff’s Deputy, tragically took his own life outside of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office where he worked, MTO News has learned.
The Louisiana sheriff’s deputy died by suicide on Monday after recording and posting to social media videos of himself condemning institutionalized racism and describing his struggle as a Black law enforcement officer in a system that he said condoned police brutality against Black people.
Lafayette Parish Deputy Clyde Kerr III, 43, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to a preliminary coroner’s report. He was outside the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to Capt. John Mowell.
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In the videos posted online, he spoke about the police killings of Black Americans such as Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minneapolis — which sparked nationwide protests last summer against police brutality and racial injustice.
“I’ve had enough of all of this nonsense, serving a system that does not give a damn about me or people like me,” Kerr said in one video, speaking directly to the camera. “You have no idea how hard it is to put a uniform on in this day and age with everything that’s going on.”