A White Louisiana Sheriff’s deputy is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a 4-foot-8 black woman in a video that shows him abusing her. ProPublica and WWNO / WRKF Report
In the video of the September 20 encounter, Jefferson is seen holding the parish deputy Shantel Arnold With her hair and her head repeatedly lam on the sidewalk. An eyewitness said the deputy used so much force that several braids were torn from his skull.
Arnold, 34, weighed just 100 pounds and lost his left eye in a previous car accident.
Warning, it’s annoying to watch the video below.
Before confronting the officer, eyewitnesses said the three boys attacked Arnold as he walked down the street near his family’s trailer home. He was often an easy target for neighborhood bullies, his family said.
A video shows the boys hitting Arnold to the ground and beating him while other people standing next to him laughed. The attack ends when his honest father chases the boys away.
As he walked home, Arnold said the deputy approached him in a patrol car. He demanded that she stop and talk to him. But he refused. Witnesses then said the officer jumped out of his car and beat Arnold.
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The sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation.
According to reports, members of the black community have accused Jefferson of using excessive force in the parish sheriff’s office and making false arrests for decades.
Their previously published investigation found that blacks shot more than 70 percent of deputies in the last eight years, more than double the black population in the parish.