St. Landry

Nov 13, 2013 7:37 PM by Steven Albritton

Eunice Police Investigating An Old Arrest

The Eunice Police Department is reviewing an old arrest after thousands of views on YouTube. Dashcam video shot back in February shows three officers making an arrest after a traffic stop. The suspect in the video is Archillus Hebert and family members are saying those officers crossed the line.

"I was sick. It made me sick to the stomach to see that they actually did that to him," Mary Hebert said. She is the mother of Archillus and first saw the video Wednesday morning. In fact, the whole family got word of it around the same time.

"I woke up and actually returned one of the phone calls, and they were like, did you check Facebook? Did you check on Youtube? Your brothers video is on there and you need to see it," Archillus Hebert's sister Omesha Williams said.

The video shows Eunice Police using force to bring Hebert to the ground. Police say he was swerving before being pulled over and smelled of alcohol. They also say he was taken to the ground because he appeared to put something in his mouth. Later in the video, it shows one officer placing his hands on Hebert after he was handcuffed.

"He told us a little bit of what happened, but we never thought it was this bad. It's just sad to say that you know that the people we're supposed to call on for help is the ones that's actually committing the crimes," Williams said.

Hebert pleaded guilty in May to all charges from the incident, including resisting arrest. The family hopes this video will start a movement for change within the department.

"Something got to come from this. We're not going to just let it die out from this. We're going to do whatever we have to do to make sure justice is served," Mary Hebert said.

Archillus Hebert is currently in the Pine Prairie Jail. He's facing several drug related charges as well as resisting an officer and simple escape from an incident in September.

Eunice Police Chief Ronald Dies says he will be contacting the FBI to investigate the use of force in the video. He will also be contacting State Police to investigate how the dash cam video became public. Chief Dies says he will be transparent with the investigation and if someone is found in the wrong, they will be held accountable for their actions.


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