BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday arrested four Louisiana State Penitentiary corrections officers for allegedly using excessive force with an inmate and attempting to cover it up.
It all started in the early morning of Friday, April 9 when corrections officers were transporting an inmate to a disciplinary unit at Angola.
At some point, the inmate required medical care for minor injuries, and while medical staff checked out the inmate, he told them about the incident, according to Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections spokesperson Ken Pastorick.
The details of the event and of the extent of the alleged excessive force have not been released, but after hearing the inmate’s account of the incident, medical staff notified the prison’s investigations division.
Investigators notified the sheriff’s office and the FBI, and they placed the four corrections officers on leave, according to Pastorick.
“A week-long investigation determined that the officers failed to accurately report the incident, which resulted in warrants for their arrests,” Pastorick wrote in a press release. “All four surrendered to West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Deputies [Monday] morning at the parish prison.”
The following officers were arrested:
Major Karla Williams
Williams, 44, of Myrtle Street in Baton Rouge, had worked for the prison since Aug. 29, 2005, according to Pastorick.
Captain Roy J. Favre III
Favre, 58, of Court Street in Port Allen, had worked for the prison since Oct. 15, 2012.
Captain Enrico George
George, 32, of Cavalier Lane in Woodville, Miss., had worked at the prison since Oct. 18, 2012.
Sgt. Jeffrey Hall
Hall, 48, of Nebo Road in Gloster, Miss., had worked at the prison since Oct. 21, 2019.
All four officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation. They all face charges of malfeasance in office, and more charges are pending, according to Pastorick.
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