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Man claims arrest on false charges, excessive force

Last Modified: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:41 AM

By Lauren Manary / American Press

A man claims Leesville police arrested him on false charges and used unnecessary force during the arrest, using a Taser on him more than five times.

Jeffrey Brown was arrested by officers with the Leesville Police Department in the early morning hours of Feb. 8 after he and his friends attempted to leave a local diner. He said he and his friends had waited nearly an hour for their meals to arrive and decided to leave to find another place to eat when a police officer stopped them and said they would be jailed for theft if they left without paying for their order.

When police threatened to arrest Brown, Brown said
he refused to pay for food he never received and told the officer to go ahead and arrest him if he wanted to do so.

“I’ve been dealing with this my whole life,” said Brown, who is African-American. “My whole thought for giving myself up was, ‘Let’s not make this a situation.’”

Brown, a staff sergeant stationed at Fort Polk, said after he put his hands behind his back to be arrested, officers began hitting him with a Taser, bringing him to the ground.

Dontel Hackett, a friend of Brown’s who was with him that night, took a short video on his cell phone. The video
shows a man, who Brown identifies as himself, laying face down on the ground being hit with a Taser with two officers on top of him. Hackett said the video captures the end of the arrest and that officers had used the stunning device on Brown multiple times before the start of the video. It had been posted on the video-sharing site YouTube and viewed nearly 800 times, but has since been removed.

Brown said he was unable to put his hands behind his back again because officers continued to Taser him,
leaving him immobilized. He was later booked into the Leesville jail and charged with resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.

“I was just trying to figure out why they did it,” Hackett said. “He didn’t pose a threat or anything like that.”

Hackett said the meals were eventually paid for and Brown was not charged with theft.

Leesville Police Department did not return multiple calls for comment.

Posted By: Jsin On: 2/14/2014

Title: Give Me A Break

Was this article written by Mr. Brown? Geez!
He was asked repeatedly to quit acting out and using profanity. Once the officer started to cuff him for disorderly conduct related charges, he began to resist. The security video was pulled and he was only there 20 minutes.
Mr. Brown is a soldier but was not acting like one that night. If we are making such a big deal about him being a soldier, you need to make a big deal of how unprofessional he was acting. If he felt like he was being treated unfair, maybe could have made a civil complaint, boycotted the place like others have, cut your losses and then go home and eat a hot pocket.
Do you really expect super fast service from 1 of 3 places open in town around bar closing time? Really?
Also.. Boycotting an establishment because of what officers did outside??

Posted By: AL Brown On: 2/14/2014

Title:

I was a Soldier station at Fort Polk LA (Leesville) while I was in the service an yes its sad but ture are Soldiers are often a target of police injustices. It a shame the very people that makes that ultimate sacrifice and generates thousand s of dollars for their communities are targeted. As a African American Soldier soldier you wear a double bulls eye. Why do are Soldiers go halfway around the world to enforce justices an equality in another country but it seems they cant get it at the same in the communities that they live in.

Posted By: Lawanda cole On: 2/13/2014

Title: Bogus

I am amazed that American Press did not fully investigate the story. They say they were there waiting an hour, BOGUS!!! Video shows them in the establishment approx 22 minutes. According to folks in parking lot, working citizens driving cabs for a living the nasty language being used by the patrons was awful. They were asked by officers nicely to stop with the language and guess what they didn't so it became an issue. I am not saying the amount of taser force was right, but respect goes along way.

Posted By: Military Mom On: 2/12/2014

Title: Boycott Leesville Businesses

Everyone knows Vernon Parish / Leesville is dependent upon the money spent at businesses by the U.S. Soldier. The people that live there & own businesses get scared every time the words "Base Closure" start surfacing in the news. Soldiers have a choice of where they want to spend their money. Remember there's a new highway that leads East to Alexandria, Louisiana.
Come on Leesville. You can/need & should be doing better than this. Show the American Soldier the respect they deserve.

Come on Leesville. You can/need & should be doing better than this. Show the American Soldier the respect they deserve. " />

Posted By: Shawn On: 2/12/2014

Title:

The whole story isn't told here. I am from Leesville and the police were called due to disturbing the peace. Brown and his friend were shouting profanities and resisted arrest. This is only a half truth to what really happened.

Posted By: Disgusted Citizen On: 2/11/2014

Title: Insane

I can understand getting arrested for theft if they actually ate the food and then walked out without paying. But if it took over an hour and they got tired of waiting and changed their mind, then there is no way they should have gotten arrested for that. That's not theft, just bad business. It doesn't say where they were eating, but since its Leesville, something like this doesn't surprise me. This is a sad place, indeed.

Posted By: someone from here who disagrees with the way we AS people are treated On: 2/11/2014

Title: only in leesville.

his isn't the first and won't be the last unless people make a stand. Not too long ago something like this happened BUT in our home. Justice was served and I hope the same for you. I hope the cop loses his badge.

Posted By: Mrs Brown - The wife On: 2/11/2014

Title: not acceptable

justice will be served

Posted By: Freedom On: 2/11/2014

Title: where do we go from here

this is ridiculous....how do we let things get so out of hand,when the upholders of our town are now tazing our soldiers..over slow service

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