- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A sentence-reduction hearing has been delayed for a former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 20-year-old during a drug raid in 2012.

Joshua Colclough pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Wendell Allen and is serving a four-year prison sentence that he could complete as early as July 27. His attorney asked for a delay in court on Wednesday, giving no reason. No new date was set.

Allen’s mother, Natasha Allen, and other family members were present and were prepared to give a statement to the court if the hearing had gone on. Her attorney would not say whether she would support or oppose a sentence reduction. Colclough tearfully apologized to the family for Allen’s death in 2013 and Natasha Allen has publicly forgiven him.

Colclough, his hands and feet shackled, appeared briefly in court as his attorney asked for and received a continuance.

The brief proceeding came a day after a new report on the Allen case from the city’s Office of the Independent Police Monitor. The 34-page report was critical of police on numerous issues. It said the raid seeking marijuana was ill-advised and poorly planned and that officers did not identify themselves before storming the house where Allen was present with several small children.

It also faulted officers involved in the investigation of Allen’s death, focusing in part on the lead homicide investigator’s alleged reluctance to seek a video that proved to be important to the investigation of the shooting.

Police have disputed several points in the report. They say the officers involved in the investigation of the raid were themselves investigated by the department’s Public Integrity Bureau and no administrative or criminal violations were found against anyone other than Colclough.

Police also point to various reforms that have been implemented in the department since the city and the U.S. Justice Department reached agreement in 2012 on a police department reform plan.

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