Oct 9, 2013 5:40 PM by Dwayne Fatherree, KATC TV-3

Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office employee fired in wake of Hopkins Street incident

An Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office employee has been fired after an investigation into allegations of excessive force against crowd members during a Hopkins Street block party the weekend of New Iberia's Sugarcane Festival.

"An employee has been terminated as the result of an internal affairs investigation," said Capt. Ryan Turner, the Sheriff's Office spokesman.

The employee's name is not being released. He had previously been on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. There have not been any criminal charges filed so far in the wake of the incident, which was captured on videotape and posted to the internet, where it went viral.

"Sheriff Ackal is discussing with an outside agency whether or not criminal charges will be issued," Turner said.

At a press conference Monday, community leaders, residents and family members called on the federal law enforcement officials to launch an investigation into the allegations of excessive force and brutality. They also called for Sheriff Louis Ackal's resignation from office.

Turner would not confirm what outside agencies are being consulted as part of the investigation.

"It's still an ongoing investigation, so the sheriff will not comment at at this time beyond that," Turner said.


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