A Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputy accused of beating a Lafayette man in jail has been arrested.
The deputy, Ryan C. Lewis, 26, was fired and arrested Tuesday for one depend of Easy Battery.
This comes after Malcolm Xavier Williams, a Lafayette man, says the deputy and 4 different corrections officers violently beat him proper earlier than proper earlier than he was presupposed to be launched from jail after being falsely imprisoned for 4 days.
Williams’ legal professional, Ron, Haley, says the deputy’s arrest is a step in the appropriate path, nevertheless it’s not over.
“Launch the video. Launch the video, and let’s see if the proof helps the extent of accountability that we’re getting with the arrest of this single officer. We can not simply besides paper in black and white, a proof of what they imagine the proof reveals. The general public must see that. My consumer must see this,” Haley mentioned.
Haley says the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Division is ignoring their requests for the surveillance video that captured this assault.
“Launch the video, and let the general public see why you needed to punish one in all your personal,” he added.
It’s been over per week because the assault on March 22, and Haley says that video remains to be being hidden.
“The thought is that you simply hope folks will simply neglect about it, that finally we are able to drag this investigation lengthy sufficient to the place the general public turns into numb or forgetful about it,” he mentioned. “We’ve to stay diligent, and say, ‘That isn’t acceptable.’”
The sheriff’s workplace informed Information Ten they won’t launch the video to the media till their investigation is full. Haley says that’s not acceptable.
“There’s no cause the sheriff’s workplace can not stroll and chew gum on the similar time. You’ll be able to launch that video and nonetheless do a radical investigation into this case. Releasing that video isn’t going to compromise this case in any approach, form or kind,” he informed Information Ten.
Malcolm Xavier Williams says the officers’ assault was the scariest second of his life, and he went via dropping an arm.
He hopes sharing his story can forestall this from occurring once more.
“They did this to a disabled younger man who ought to have by no means been to jail to start with. If it might probably occur to anyone like that, it might probably occur to you,” Haley mentioned.
Haley says it shouldn’t take a court docket battle to get a clear investigation, but when the sheriff’s workplace continues to refuse to launch the video, he says that’s what it is going to come to.
He additionally says a cost of straightforward battery isn’t sufficient for the officer. He believes the deputy ought to have been charfed with Second Diploma Battery due to the extent of the accidents Williams’ acquired.
As well as, Haley believes the deputy ought to be charged with false imprisonment as a result of the officer charged Williams with Resisting Arrest after the assault to forestall him from leaving jail along with his accidents.
Williams says that cost was dropped, and he was launched ten hours after the assault after the jail’s warden reviewed the surveillance video that captured the incident.