On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Officer Nicholas Richardson, a police officer employed with both the Basile Police Department and Evangeline Parish Sheriff Department, had a confrontation in front of the residence of Darrell and Mia Reed. Richardson is related to the family. Mia Reed is Richardson's aunt.
Surveillance video reveal Richardson getting out of his vehicle, pulling his gun out of it's holster and then putting it back.
"As you can see, he's pointing and threatening my 14 year old," said Darrell Reed.
The motive behind the confrontation is unclear. The Reed family alleges that Richardson said he was confronting their 14 year old daughter--alleging she had bullied his own daughter.
However, the Reeds suspect an ulterior motive because Mia Reed--the mother--was going to testify in a custody hearing involving Richardson's children the following day.
Surveillance video shows Mia Reed responding by hitting Richardson with a broomstick and Darrell Reed between them.
Officers were eventually called to the scene and asked Richardson to leave. Later on that evening another man arrived at the Reed residence and verbally and physically assaulted the residents. The Reeds identified the man as Grayling Richardson, Nicholas Richardson's father and Mia Reed's brother. Basile Police were called to the scene again.
The Reeds say neither Nicholas Richardson or his father were arrested or detained by the police, and that Nicholas Richardson is still patrolling on their block.
"This is just blatantly telling me that the officer is above the law. Period," said Darrell Reed.
The Reeds say they have been in contact with an attorney.
We reached out to Deputy Nicholas Richardson, The Evangeline Sheriff's Office, The Basile Police Department and Evangeline Parish District Attorney Trent Brignac. The Basile Police Department responded and said they handed the case over to the District Attorney's office to see if charges should be filed.