Homer police chief arrested for allegedly using Taser repeatedly on handcuffed man; sergeant also arrested

KSLA News 12 obtains graphic body cam video of the incident
Published: Nov. 6, 2023 at 12:37 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2023 at 4:18 AM CST
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HOMER, La. (KSLA) - UPDATE: Louisiana State Police say Homer police Sgt. Arnold Stephenson was also arrested Nov. 6 as part of this ongoing investigation.

The 50-year-old was booked into Claiborne Parish Detention Center on one count each of possession with the intent to distribute schedule I narcotics and illegal carrying of weapons.

The police chief in Homer was arrested.

The report came out Monday, Nov. 6 that Police Chief Van McDaniel, 53, had been arrested.

Louisiana State Police says the investigation began after an incident that happened Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in the 1400 block of Arthur Street in Homer. Patrol officers and Chief McDaniel encountered and arrested a man who was ultimately booked on multiple charges, including resisting arrest.

LSP detectives were contacted by the Claiborne Parish District Attorney’s Office about a complaint alleging excessive use of force by the Homer Police Department. LSP reviewed the evidence and determined Chief McDaniel did in fact use excessive force by using his Taser multiple times on a person who was not being combative, who was also handcuffed with his hands behind his back and was lying on the ground.

McDaniel was arrested Monday, Nov. 6 and booked into the Claiborne Parish Detention Center for aggravated battery and malfeasance in office. LSP says additional charges are possible.

The investigation remains ongoing.