- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The family of a man who was shot and his body burned by New Orleans police say the coroner is dragging his feet on their request to classify the death as a homicide.

Henry Glover’s relatives said Saturday that they’re asking state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to look at Dr. Frank Minyard’s recent actions.

Caldwell’s office did not immediately respond Sunday to a request for comment.

Former officer David Warren has testified that he shot at Glover. Other officers burned a car with Glover’s body in it.

The family hopes that if the death is ruled a homicide, state prosecutors would go after a murder charge against Warren, who was acquitted of federal civil-rights charges.

Minyard said Wednesday that he’s asking Caldwell whether he can consider non-forensic evidence such as trial testimony and photographs.

He told WVUE-TV (https://bit.ly/1jfZucf ) on Saturday that he agrees that the death should be re-classified a homicide.

The problem, he said, is lack of forensic evidence of homicide. He agreed to reopen the case after Glover’s family protested at his office.

He emphasized Saturday that he felt bad for the family: “It’s just a horrible situation,” he told The Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/1bsFj6E ).

Officials from several organizations joined the family at a news conference Saturday.

The Rev. Ernest Johnson, president of the state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the groups planned to ask Caldwell about the “unlawful killing of Mr. Glover” and the “malfeasance” of the coroner for not having issued a ruling on the death.

“The coroner has a duty and a responsibility in the position that he serves, to go ahead and make a final decision,” Johnson said. “This kicking the can down the street is kicking this family down the street.”

“Malfeasance?” Minyard asked. He said he’s been trying for 40 years as coroner to do the right thing.

“I understand the family has been through a lot. I feel for them. We’ve got to do what’s legal and what’s right,” he said.

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