Investigation concludes with arrest of local police officer in use of force case


Thibodaux Police Department

THIBODAUX, La. (BRPROUD) – The Thibodaux Police Department was made aware of allegations against one of their own.

An internal investigation ensued into “allegations of wrongdoing” against 38-year-old Paul Thibodeaux.

“Through a Thibodaux Police Department Internal Affair’s investigation, it was learned that Thibodeaux had violated policy and state criminal law while conducting an arrest on August 27, 2021.”

Thibodeaux was arrested last week and is facing these charges:

  • Malfeasance In Office
  • Injuring Public Records
  • Second Degree Battery

Chief Zeringue stated, “We were notified of allegations of wrongdoing by one of our Patrol Sergeants, Paul Thibodeaux. As the investigation progressed, a warrant was obtained. Thibodeaux has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending a loudermill hearing. “This is not just a violation of the law and agency policy, but a violation of the community trust.” Chief Zeringue continued. “Trustworthiness is one of our core values, and a cornerstone that the culture of this agency is built upon. It was a promise that if something was ever identified that violated the trust of those we serve, it would be dealt with and the wrongdoer would be held accountable.” Chief Zeringue added, “We hope that this serves as an example that the Thibodaux Police Department will not tolerate this type of conduct and will hold ourselves accountable.”

The 38-year-old has been released from the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on $30,000 bond.

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