Crowley officer accused of excessive force
By: Harold Gonzales
CROWLEY - Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson said Thursday that he and officers with his “internal affairs” division are investigating allegations of excessive force by one of his officers during an incident over the weekend.
Chief Gibson said the alleged incident took place Saturday evening, October 23.
“I take these allegations seriously and I can assure you that we will get to the bottom of this,” he said.
The officer in question, whom Gibson did not want to identify at this point, was placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is concluded.
Arrested on several charges was 23-year-old Jacody Robinson.
Gibson said that officers with his department responded to a disturbance call Saturday evening at the Valero store on North Parkerson Avenue. Upon their arrival the suspect then fled the scene in a vehicle while driving at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner. A chase then ensued and the suspect was stopped and taken into custody in an area near Rhone Village on West Hutchison Avenue. He was arrested and booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.
However, a Lafayette TV station reported Crowley Police used excessive force on the suspect as they were making the arrest.
“And who ever out there got children being abused by police don’t be scared, come forward because that is the only way it’s going to stop” said the suspect’s mother, Catina Robinson.
She is coming forward because she says it’s the second time police have beaten up her son unnecessarily. A witness saw what happened stating,“Once he put his hand on the car they put their guns away and pulled out their batons and hit him. When they finished hitting him they chocked and threw him on the ground. A little cop got on him and was punching him.”
Gibson said a full investigation has been launched and results will be made available when completed.