Iberia

Oct 1, 2013 7:50 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Iberia Parish Deputy On-Leave Following Riot At Sugarcane Festival

In Iberia Parish, a deputy is on leave after a video surfaced of an arrest made, following the Sugarcane Festival last weekend.

A total of three arrests were made Saturday night. Several who attended say they felt deputies were "too" aggressive in trying to get people to leave, and they think the deputies behavior may have led to the riot that broke out.

The Sheriff's office says this is a personnel matter and they can't comment further. Deputies say following the riot on Saturday they called in extra police presence on Sunday. The Sheriff's office says they requested help from several agencies to make sure everyone stayed safe. However, some residents say it was too much.

"They had big machine guns out and we had all our kids out here, and we was, you know, just not doing anything, and I don't think they needed all of that," Sommeron Walker, who recorded video of the riot, said.

According to an arrest affidavit from the Iberia Parish Sheriff's office, the riot began with a comment made by David Hardin, who was one of three arrested. But Hardin says he was shoved by a deputy as he was leaving the festival. He says when he questioned why he was shoved, the officer arrested him.

"It was humiliating. I never felt that way in my life, to be arrested, and then walk down the middle of Hopkins street, in front of the whole community. Everybody knows that I'm not the type of person who would start a riot," David Hardin said.

According to arrests affidavits from the Iberia Parish Sheriff's office, deputies were trying to clear the roadway, and several people resisted causing a riot.

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