GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - An Ascension Parish corrections officer has been fired and criminally charged after a video allegedly captured him using excessive force against an inmate inside the parish jail Tuesday.
Sheriff Bobby Webre called the attack “unprovoked” and “an excessive use of force”.
The sheriff says the incident happened as officers were searching the jail for contraband on Tuesday.
The sheriff says a corrections officer, Livingston Alfred, 50, and a jail trustee got into a verbal altercation after which the officer “battered the inmate across his face.”
Alfred was charged with simple battery.
Webre says the inmate, who was not in handcuffs or otherwise restrained, was sitting on a bench when he was attacked.
The sheriff said the jail’s warden, David Dykes, and security head Lt. Jeffery Rogillio “expressed disagreement with their supervisors on jail protocols and procedures and handed over their resignations.” Dykes was just promoted to the rank of Major two months ago.
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