New Iberia, LA — Stunning surveillance footage, which was subpoenaed by federal investigators, reveals a savage and violent assault on Louisiana man by a sheriff’s deputy and his K9 associate. The footage was so deeply disturbing that 6 years after it occurred, the deputy accountable has lastly been dropped at justice.
Former sheriff’s deputy David Prejean pleaded responsible in February to the assault and is just simply now being sentenced. Prejean was a K9 sergeant with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Workplace and had been referred to as to the jail to help with a shakedown, in keeping with prosecutors. Prejean will now spend the subsequent 30 months behind bars for the assault.
The assault occurred on Dec 6, 2012. Marcus Robicheaux together with all the different inmates was being topic to a contraband sweep. Like all the different inmates, Robicheaux had his fingers on his head and his nostril on the wall.
Because the video begins, we see Deputy Prejean, seize Robicheaux by the again of his shirt and drag him to the center of the room the place he’s thrown to the bottom.
Your complete time Robicheaux is seen retaining his fingers up and never resisting. The prosecution agreed.
“Whereas M.R. was mendacity on his abdomen, together with his fingers behind his head, the defendant commanded his K9 to chunk M.R., although M.R. had complied with the defendant’s instructions and was not a menace to the defendant, his K9, or anybody else on the rec yard,” prosecutors stated in courtroom paperwork.
“He grabbed me and slammed me down on the bottom,” Robicheaux stated in an interview in 2015. “He picked me out. Why? I don’t know. I nonetheless ask myself that to this present day.”
Prejean then sics his K9 on the person who was clearly not a menace to officers. Robicheaux was mauled from head to toe. For the deputy, nevertheless, the mauling wasn’t sufficient, so he started to brutally beat Robicheaux as he lay affected by the bites.
“I couldn’t do nothing however scream,” recalled Robicheaux in an interview with the Advocate. “The inmates couldn’t do nothing to assist me.”
Whereas the video has no sound, we are able to clearly see that Robicheaux posed no menace which occurs to be utterly opposite to Prejean’s account of the incident.
In his report, Prejean claimed that Robicheaux was resisting and combating again. He additionally stated that the assault occurred as a result of Robicheaux refused his instructions to “cease trying” at him. In line with the Advocate,
Prejean’s report on the incident stated that along with ignoring instructions, Robicheaux “rocked up” and tried to strike the police canine “together with his proper hand.” The video doesn’t present Robicheaux “rocking up” or making an attempt to hit the canine.
“In a fast response, I gave Robicheaux a leg strike to Robicheaux’s left facet and tried to roll Robicheaux onto his abdomen and right into a susceptible place so he may very well be handcuffed,” Prejean wrote. The video reveals that Robicheaux stays on his abdomen because the officer strikes him with fists, knees and ft.
Your complete division and all of the officers purchased Prejean’s lies and he remained on the drive. Not till officers really considered the footage, was Prejean fired. This took greater than two years.
No investigation was ever performed with reference to this assault. In March of 2015, in keeping with the Advocate, former deputy, Cody Laperouse, pleaded responsible to a misdemeanor federal civil rights cost for utilizing extreme drive in opposition to a handcuffed man in the identical incident.
These incidents are hardly remoted and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Workplace isn’t any stranger to corruption. Warden Wesley Hayes has additionally filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Sheriff’s workplace alleging that he was retaliated in opposition to and fired for trying to level out the misconduct throughout the division.
In August of 2014, the Free Thought Challenge reported on the story of Victor White. White was being processed by Iberia Parish deputies when officers claimed he managed to get his fingers on a gun. They then claimed that White, after being searched twice, then shot himself, in the back, while handcuffed.