Isadore family to hold public meeting


The family of Monroe Isadore, accompanied by family attorneys, will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Jefferson Room of the Pine Bluff Plaza hotel, No. 2 Convention Center Drive in Pine Bluff.

Isadore, who was 107, died on Sept. 7, 2013, after exchanging gunfire with Pine Bluff police officers at the end of a standoff that lasted for several hours at a house in Pine Bluff.

According to a news release, police video of the final seven minutes of the standoff that ended with Isadore’s death will be viewed and discussed at Tuesday’s meeting.

The family will be joined by attorneys Benjamin Crump and Anthony Walker along with unnamed “community leaders,” according to the news release.

Crump, whose practice is based in Tallahassee, Fla., represented the family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in a wrongful death lawsuit that resulted in a settlement estimated at more than $1 million.

The Pine Bluff Police Department conducted two investigations into Isadore’s death — one an internal investigation to determine if department policy was followed and the second a criminal investigation. The department concluded that there was no internal policy violation, and two special prosecutors who reviewed the case file said there were no grounds for criminal charges.

The officer who shot Isadore was suspended with pay while the investigations were conducted but returned to work after the special prosecutors announced their decision.