Acadia

Dec 13, 2011 10:49 PM by Shawn Kline

Church Point Police call for outside investigation after woman was allegedly maced

"She hit me with the mace can and sprayed me with mace in the vehicle," Yolanda Bellard said.

Bellard recalled that on Sunday night, a Church Point Police officer harassed her and threw her in jail for what she says was, "no reason." While no charges are filed, Church Point Police are calling for an outside investigation.

Bellard admits to calling police but never expected it would be her behind bars that night.

"My nephew and I, we did have words," Bellard said about the call. "I called the police on my nephew."

By the time police showed up, Bellard says her nephew already left. To add to this family feud, one of the responding officers is her cousin; someone Bellard says she's had issues with before.

"The police officer said, 'you're under arrest.'" Bellard says, "she placed my hands behind my back."

When her 14-year-old son approached officers to ask why she was being arrested, Bellard says the officer sprayed him with mace. On the way to the police station, Bellard says she was also maced- and managed to record the conversation on her cell phone.

"You maced me!" Bellard yelled in the recording, "you didn't have to mace me!"

"Shut your (expletive) mouth!" The officer replied, "think you know every (expletive) thing."

Even after she was put behind bars, Bellard says her brother, Joe came to the station to bail her out. The problem? A judge denied the charges so there was no bond. When Joe Bellard questioned officers about his sister's arrest, he says he was maced and thrown behind bars as well. This time, it was all caught on camera.

"She drew the taser and said, 'say one more thing or hit something and I'll bring you to the small man you are,'" Bellard recalled. "My brother was just like, 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe.'"

Church Point Police Chief Albert Venable says he's seen the video and the charges against Bellard are thrown out. The video will be investigated by either the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office or State Police.

 

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