Posted: Sep 13, 2013 6:28 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Updated: Sep 17, 2013 11:07 AM
A family in Mamou is speaking out against the police department. They say officers wrongfully put their loved one behind bars.
Casey Fontenot is under arrest for aggravated battery, but his family says he was only acting in self-defense.
They say he's been facing hostile situations ever since he, along with three others, were arrested last month for allegedly attacking and robbing a Ville Platte man.
Fontenot says he's innocent, but was charged with attempted second degree murder. His family bonded him out for that incident.
He's currently behind bars in this latest incident, and his family stands by his claim of self-defense. They say they have the video to prove it.
The incident took place at a Shell gas station in Mamou last Saturday. Video shows 20-year-old Fontenot fighting several people.
"I just don't understand how he can be the only one in there, and so clearly in the whole video and everything, you see people chasing him, and beating him, and no one else was picked up," Caitlyn Courville, Casey Fontenot's fiance, said.
She and his family don't understand why he was the only one arrested, or why he was arrested at all. They say Fontenot was defending himself. Video shows Fontenot getting shoved first, then appearing with a metal-looking object, swinging at the group that's against him. He's been in the parish jail ever since.
"How can he be in jail? Louisiana clearly has a no back down policy. If he would have hit everyone of them with the tool bar, what could they have done? He was defending himself," Tina Fontenot, Casey Fontenot's step-mother, said.
Mamou Police Department declined to be interviewed and says it's still an on-going investigation. Meanwhile Fontenot's family is trying to get the District Attorney involved, but he says he can't move forward because he still hasn't received paperwork from the police department.
"We asked for paperwork and they said that the Chief of Police of Mamou is offshore, so and it's all locked in his office, so he can't get to it. There should be somebody standing in for him, that could go in his office and get paperwork," Tina Fontenot said.
We did speak to the chief of police, who says he doesn't work offshore as the family claims, but he is choosing not to comment on the case because the investigation is ongoing. Chief Dupuis does say more arrests could be coming.