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Records show arrested state police trooper threw handcuffed man to ground, punched him in head

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Posted at 8:20 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 21:20:59-05

BATON ROUGE, La. — New court records describe a July 2019 traffic stop by Louisiana state troopers during which a handcuffed suspect was thrown to the ground, then punched in the head while he remained compliant and showed no signs of resisting, according to our media partners at the Advocate.

This comes after four Louisiana state troopers were arrested Monday and accused of using excessive force.

The incident adds to a growing list of misconduct allegations at Troop F, which patrols the Monroe area and surrounding parishes.

Two recent lawsuits accuse troopers of brutally beating Black suspects during other traffic stops, including the May 2019 death of Ronald Greene, and a federal civil rights probe is ongoing, the newspaper reports.

The four arrests earlier this week arose from two previously unreported incidents.

State Police officials have released few details about the arrests, though two warrants filed Wednesday shed some light on one of them. The warrants pertain to the two troopers who were booked into jail in Ouachita Parish: Jacob Brown, 30, and Randall Dickerson, 34.

The other two troopers arrested Monday — Dakota DeMoss, 28, and George Harper, 26 — were booked in Franklin Parish, and officials there have not released warrants or other records.

State Police also declined to release such records, according to the Advocate.

All four troopers were arrested on simple battery and malfeasance in office. Brown, who was involved in both incidents, faces an additional count of obstructing justice for allegedly falsifying reports, officials told the Advocate.

Brown was also previously arrested in December and accused of beating Aaron Bowman with a flashlight and causing him serious injuries, including broken ribs, a fractured arm and deep cuts to his head.

You can read the full article from the Advocate here.

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