Rapides traffic stop shooting shines light on window tint enforcement

ALEXANDRIA – James Kittling remembers Nov. 6 starting like many other Sundays during football season. He was going to watch the Saints game with his brother, Derrick.

“I was gonna smother some pork chops,” James Kittling said, “make some rice and gravy, string beans, probably put some corn on the side. Before he left, I was telling him I was gonna cook, ‘so, make sure you come back.’”

Ten minutes later, James’ neighbors pounded on his door and shouted through the window. “The cops shot Derrick!”

The shooting death of Derrick Kittling, 45, following a traffic stop by a Rapides Parish sheriff’s deputy is the subject of an ongoing Louisiana State Police investigation. Its findings will be turned over the Rapides Parish district attorney.

Deputy Rodney Anderson’s body-worn and dashboard camera footage released two weeks later confirmed he shot Kittling during a scuffle after first deploying his Taser. The encounter, which was also captured through eyewitness video, lasted 58 seconds.

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