Guidry Now Represented by National Defense Organization
Wed, 10/14/2020 - 1:05pm admin
On October 7, President of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF), Jason Johnson, announced that Israel Guidry will now be supported by the national police advocacy organization.
Guidry was charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in connection with the September 2019 shooting death of Angela Perkins in Mountain View, Missouri, and has recently had his POST license suspended after Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a disciplinary complaint against him. Prior to the involvement of the LELDF, Guidry was representing himself in the criminal case in Howell County.
LELDF is a national police advocacy organization that provides financial assistance to police officers wrongly charged with crimes for lawful actions taken in the line of duty, read the release announcing their interest in Guidry’s case. Their involvement means the fund will financially support Guidry’s legal defense.
“We absolutely believe, without any doubt whatsoever, that Officer Guidry’s actions were justified, given the facts of this case and the very real threat against his life,” Johnson said in the same release. “We look for cases where an officer’s use-of-force is consistent with established law governing use-of-force by police. Our role is to try to reverse the ever-increasing trend of analyzing police officers’ actions through a political, rather than a legal, lens.”
On October 2, an attorney based in Springfield, Christopher Cole, entered his appearance as Guidry’s attorney. Online court records indicate a status hearing scheduled for October 5 was postponed at the request of Mr. Cole.
by Amanda Mendez, publisher