SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A grand jury has indicted eight Shreveport police officers in connection with an alleged excessive use of force incident in January, according to sources and online booking records.
A half dozen were booked into Caddo Correctional Center on Monday evening.
Each is charged with one count of malfeasance in office, booking records show.
And each officer’s bond has been set at $7,500.
- Treveion Montreze Brooks, 24;
- William Cody Isenhour, 23;
- D’Andre Mario Jackson, 24;
- Aaron Christopher Jaudon, 29;
- Christopher Owen McConnell, 35; and,
- Brandon Marquis Walker, 27.
Caddo District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr.‘s office says he will hold a news conference virtually Tuesday about the grand jury’s actions. It’s not immediately clear whether the officers’ cases and/or others’ will be discussed.
Meantime, KSLA News 12 has confirmed that at least two Shreveport police officers have been indicted for possible use of force against two men in January.
Sources have told KSLA News 12 that another six officers are being investigated in connection with the same incident.
After a short chase, officers reportedly pulled two men out of a vehicle that had been stopped for a seat belt violation. Both men were arrested.
The charges against the two men were dropped by the district attorney’s office after a review of dashcam video and in light of the suspects’ statements that they allegedly were beaten by officers, sources say.
The case stems from a car chase early the morning of Jan. 24 that started in the 700 block of Central Street. According to two SPD incident reports, an SPD officer attempted to pull over two black males in a burgundy Chevrolet truck for a seatbelt violation. When Officer D’andre Jackson flipped on his lights and siren, the driver of the truck sped away and allegedly threw “two clear baggies” out of his window.
The high-speed chase ended, according to police reports, after the burgundy truck nearly hit a Caddo sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle near Linwood Avenue at Summer Street in Shreveport’s Caddo Heights neighborhood.
Records state that Officers Jackson and Treveion Brooks approached the truck with their weapons drawn, telling the driver and his passenger to show their hands.
Both men were “pulled out of the truck” but “resisted” with one officer striking the driver “in his upper body four times,” according to one report, before Jackson and Brooks got compliance from the suspects with the assistance of six more SPD officers.
According to police records, Shreveport Fire Department paramedics were called to the scene before the suspects were transported to the City Jail.
The truck’s driver, Chico Bell, was arrested on charges of aggravated flight from police, possession of drugs and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. Damon Robinson, the truck’s passenger, was charged with resisting arrest.
A source told KSLA News 12 that the criminal case against Bell and Robinson took a turn against the eight policemen when one officer failed to fully explain how Robinson allegedly resisted arrest during a preliminary examination and after officials in the district attorney’s office reviewed dash camera video of the incident.
The source said those revelations caused investigators with the district attorney’s office to begin reviewing the officers’ conduct the night Bell and Robinson were arrested.
Both men allegedly suffered multiple injuries at the hands of police, according to J. Antonio Florence, a lawyer who represents the men. And when SPD stopped Bell’s vehicle, Florence said, both men stuck their hands out the window and attempted to comply with officers’ orders.
But according to Florence, police forcibly dragged his clients out of the truck’s windows by their arms and proceeded to violently assault them.
Florence told KSLA News 12 that his clients agreed to give the district attorney’s office statements in this case. And on May 7, all charges against Bell and Robinson were dropped, according to online court records.
Almost eight weeks later, all eight SPD officers involved in the incident were indicted by a Caddo grand jury, with those six turning themselves in for booking at the Caddo Parish jail late Monday afternoon.
A KSLA Investigation has revealed that 19 Shreveport police officers currently are on leave.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.