BASILE–The police officer arrested in St. Landry Parish in July on a domestic abuse violence strangulation charge is now on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Chief Allen Ivory, Jr., announced Friday night that he placed Rasiem Fredericks on leave.
On Thursday, Ivory told KATC that he cleared Fredericks to return to work following his arrest, and that he had been told that a “Gwen’s Law” hearing had not happened in Frederick’s case. Gwen’s Law is a statute designed to protect victims of domestic violence prior to trial. On Friday, Ivory elaborated, saying he cleared Fredericks after Fredericks’ lawyer, Elbert Guillory, told him that charges would be dismissed against Fredericks.
Fredericks said in a press release Friday night that he spoke with St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz and other officials at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, as well as Guillory, all of whom, according to Ivory, confirmed that the Gwen’s Law hearing took place on July 20, one day after Fredericks’ arrest. However, Ivory says he was made aware only of the anger management stipulation of Fredericks’ bond. Court documents obtained by KATC show that further stipulations from that hearing prevent Fredericks from possessing and using a firearm while free on $5,000 bond.
KATC attempted to contact Guillory Friday night. We received his voicemail, which, according to a recording, is full.