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Former LPD chief files suit against officer for client

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Posted at 9:06 AM, Apr 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-01 12:20:26-04

Former Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard has filed suit against his former employers on behalf of a man who claims an officer violated his civil rights.

Jonathan Alvey alleges that a Lafayette Police officer violated his civil rights in April 2021 by beating him in a parking lot. The officer, identified in the suit as Marvin Martin, is alleged to be a former UL football player and much larger than the plaintiff.

Aguillard, who is an attorney, was Lafayette Police Chief until January 2020, when he resigned.

The suit alleges that the entire incident - which resulted in Alvey being arrested on a charge of resisting an officer - was captured on the officer's body cam, as well as several surveillance cameras in the area where it happened. All those videos are in the possession of LCG now, the suit alleges.

The suit also alleges that the resisting charge was dismissed by the city prosecutor's office in September, for a lack of probable cause. Alvey didn't commit any crimes, the suit alleges, and any reasonable officer would have realized that. The officer's actions were "objectively unreasonable," the suit alleges.

The lawsuit claims that Alvey suffered injuries in the incident, including an aggravation of a pre-existing knee injury. It also alleges that he now suffers from PTSD.

We've reached out to LCG for a response, but they generally won't comment on pending litigation. We'll update this story with their response.

Here's the lawsuit so you can read it for yourself: