Louisiana State Police arrests 4 soldiers for “violent encounters”

Soldiers are accused of using excessive and unreasonable force.

Four Louisiana State Police soldiers were arrested Monday “after a comprehensive and detailed review of the violent encounters in Monroe,” law enforcement said in a press release.

The soldiers – identified as 30-year-old Jacob Brown, 28-year-old Dakota DeMoss, 34-year-old Randall Dickerson and 26-year-old George Harper – are all accused of simple battery and misconduct. According to Louisiana State Police, Brown faces additional judicial impediment. It was not clear whether any of the soldiers had obtained legal representation.

The charges stem from two incidents in July 2019 and May 2020. The previous incident occurred at the 20th Interstate 20 traffic stop in Ouachita Parish after soldiers discovered a drug suspicion in the vehicle and the driver was detained. . Brown and Dickerson allegedly used excessive and unjustifiable violence against the driver in handcuffs, deactivated cameras with disarmed bodies, and made false allegations about the suspect’s alleged resistance, Louisiana State Police say.

The second incident occurred after the pursuit of a vehicle in Franklin Parish. After successfully installing the tire deflector, the driver stepped out of the vehicle and immediately lay on proper ground, Louisiana State Police said. DeMoss, Harper, and Brown allegedly used excessive and unreasonable force during handcuffs and disarmed the worn-out cameras on the body. According to Louisiana State Police, Brown allegedly falsified the use of violence and arrest reports and allegedly did not present video data or provide evidence.

Louisiana State Police investigators obtained arrest warrants for all four soldiers and detained them without incident Monday afternoon.

“The unreasonable use of force by our staff is inescapable and spoils the exemplary work of a dedicated man and woman in the Department of Public Security,” Colonel Lamar Davis, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said in a statement Monday. “I commend our investigation team for their diligence and professionalism in the investigation. Our agency remains committed to maintaining public trust and providing professional, fair and compassionate public safety services.”