OPELOUSAS, La. — The NAACP branch of St. Landry have announced that a press conference will be held on Monday, June 22 regarding Opelousas Police Sergeant Tyron Andrepont, who has been charged with five counts of malfeasance in connection with his assault of Jonah Coleman.
According to a press release from St Landry Parish Branch NAACP President Rev. Frank Ford, the NAACP joins millions of others in protest against the unfair treatment of police officers against people of color.
"We do not condone the system protecting those in authority who have taken an oath to serve and to protect," states Ford in the release.
Andrepont was booked June 9 on five counts of malfeasance in connection with the alleged beating of the Opelousas teen in a hospital last year.
He was booked with five counts malfeasance in office. He posted $25,000 bond and was released shortly after being booked, records show. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail or prison and fines of up to $5,000 on each charge.
OPD asked Louisiana State Police to investigate in October 2019, who finished that investigation in February and gave their findings to the St. Landry Parish District Attorney's Office to bring the case before a grand jury March 16, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Andrepont has been on administrative leave since last fall.
Ford says in the release that no citizen should have to deal with what Coleman experienced. He adds that Andrepont should not be on paid administrative leave and should not be reinstated, but fired and held accountable for his actions.
He says this matter will be addressed to Opelousas City Mayor, Julius Alsandor and Opelousas City Council.
The NAACP press conference will be held on Monday June 22, at 9 a.m. at the Opelousas City Hall, 105 N. Main St., Opelousas.
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