MONROE, La (BRPROUD) –– Louisiana State Police file charges against four state troopers Monday afternoon after an extensive investigation into allegations of excessive use of force.
Charges stem from two incidents where the actions of troopers. 28-year-old Dakota DeMoss, 26-year-old George Harper, 34-year-old Randall Dickerson, and 30-year-old Jacob Brown rose to the level of Simple Battery and Malfeasance in Office
The first incident occurred in July 2019 during a traffic stop in Ouachita Parish. Officers placed the suspect in custody after finding narcotics in the vehicle. Troopers Brown and Dickerson deactivated their body cameras, utilized unspecified excessive and unjustifiable force on the suspect, and falsified statements, claiming resistance from the suspect. Both officers were charged with Simple Battery and Malfeasance in Office.
The second incident occurred in May 2020 after a vehicle chase in Franklin Parish. After Troopers deployed a tire deflation device, disabling the vehicle, the suspect exited the vehicle and laid on the ground. Troopers DeMoss, Harper, and Brown deactivated body cameras and used unspecified excessive and unjustifiable force when handcuffing the suspect. Trooper Brown falsified official reports recounting the incident. All three troopers were charged with simple battery and malfeasance in office. Additionally, Brown was charged with obstruction of justice.
State police obtained warrants and placed all four Troopers into custody Monday afternoon.
Colonel Lamar Davis, Louisiana State Police Superintendent, stated, “The unjustifiable use of force by our personnel is inexcusable and tarnishes the exemplary work of our dedicated men and women of the Department of Public Safety,” He adds, “I commend our investigative team for their diligence and professionalism during this investigation. Our agency remains committed to upholding the public trust and providing professional, fair, and compassionate public safety services.”
There is no further information available as this is an ongoing investigation.