Jacob Brown, 31, a former Louisiana State Police Soldier, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Shreveport, Louisiana, for using excessive force against an arrested person.
The indictment charges Brown with one count of deprivation of rights under cover of the law. Specifically, the indictment alleges that on May 30, 2019, Brown assaulted an arrested person, identified in the indictment only as AB, by repeatedly hitting him on the head and body with a weapon. dangerous (a flashlight modified with a tactical metal cap designed to break glass). The indictment further alleges that the incident caused bodily harm to AB
If convicted of the deprivation of rights charge, Brown faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, three years on probation and a fine of up to $ 250,000.
This matter was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke Walker for the Western District of Louisiana and Trial Attorney Katherine G. DeVar of the Civil Rights Division are continuing the case.
The department previously acknowledged that it had open and ongoing criminal investigations into incidents involving Louisiana state police that resulted in death or personal injury to those arrested. These investigations remain ongoing.
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook of the Western District of Louisiana made the announcement.
An indictment is a formal charge of criminal conduct, not proof of guilt, and the accused is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.