Instead of investigating the officers for their disgusting actions, police are investigating how the video got released.
Mamou, LA — A disturbing video was leaked to the press Monday from a holding cell surveillance camera showing 2 police officers essentially torturing inmates.
The anonymous person who released the video, did so with the following statement.
To whom it may concern:
You will find Police Chief candidate Robert McGee continually tasing multiple inmates in cells at the Mamou Police Department. There is also footage of deceased officer, Joe Deshotel, tasing an inmate in a cell. These files came from the video surveillance at the MPD.
signed -a disgusted and concerned citizen.
The different video clips range from July of 2010 to October of 2010. The clips all present the same scenario, two cops walk up to the cell, open the door and taser the non-violent, non-combative, and otherwise completely peaceful inmates. It is truly disgusting.
KLFY reached out to McGee, who is currently running for chief of police in Mamou, for a statement on the video. He said that he cannot remember the specific incidents, but admits that he and Deshotel did have to use force on inmates from time to time.
McGee claims that this is an attempt to smear him just before the elections.“The timing is right. The election is this Saturday. Why bring up the video now? You (someone) had opportunity to bring up the video during the first election, but now its in a run-off, now it comes out. It looks like someone is aiming to hurt me,” McGee said.
Even if that was the case, that someone is trying to smear him, so what? It still shows him depriving individuals of their civil rights by tasering them for no reason.
McGee also claims that the videos were edited.
In a statement McGee said, “I think the video was edited. Where is the beginning of the video? Why show just that tasing?”
However, the videos show the officers walk up to the cell, open the door and taser non-violent inmates, one of which was even sitting peacefully on his bed! It looks like multiple deliberate and sadistic acts of aggression; aggression that the police chief candidate will never face consequences for, not for the obvious reason of the thin blue line, but because these incidents are outside of the statute of limitations.
Current Chief of Police, Greg Dupuis said he was made aware of the video over the weekend. Dupuis said an investigator contacted him, and he promptly contacted the district attorney. “He advised me that according to the dates, the statue of limitations has run out and we couldn’t file charges. One of the people in the video is deceased and hasn’t worked for me in over three years. The other, hasn’t worked for me in over one year,” Dupuis said via a phone interview.
Dupuis said that he is conducting an investigation, not about the sadistic torturous actions of the officers in the video, but how the video was released.
What do you think? Does it look like these officers are “following procedure” in the video below?