Mother of 14-year-old killed by deputy organizes protest days after deputy returns to work

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HOUMA, Louisiana — Protesters want the Terrebonne Parish deputy who shot and killed 14-year-old Cameron Tillman in September put on unpaid leave.

The Courier (http://bit.ly/1uCkqzd ) reports that about two dozen people gathered Sunday on the steps of the sheriff's office, chanting "No justice, no peace."

Tillman's mother, Wyteika Tillman, organized the protest after Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said Deputy Preston Norman was back at work.

Norman had been on paid administrative leave since the shooting Sept. 23 at an abandoned house near Houma. He's on desk duty while state police investigate the shooting.

Larpenter says the deputy was afraid because the teenager pointed a pistol-like BB gun at him.

Mary Williams, of Houma, said she read about the protest on Facebook about an hour before it began, and rushed downtown to join it.


Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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