Constable accused of body-slamming Southern student
BATON ROUGE - Some students at Southern University are upset after seeing a man "body-slammed" by a deputy constable Friday night in the school's gym.
Amateur video sent in to News 2 shows what took place that night. Witnesses said a Southern student was standing in line for financial aid when a deputy constable told him to leave.
"He started I guess pointing at the counselor, saying he told me to come right here, and next thing we know we seen the officer grab him," said Laisha Webb.
They said the deputy constable thought the student cut the line.
"Next thing we know he picked him up and body-slammed him. They were wrestling for a while and two other police officers... constables came in, and they just handcuffed him and took him out," said Webb.
News 2 showed Constable Reggie Brown the amateur video. He said it was the first time he'd seen what happened.
"I don't know if he was slammed on the ground or how it was done. It just appears that he was put to the ground and that's all I can say," Brown said. "There are two sides to every story and sometimes three, so what we'll do is... depending on the reports and the interviews and other things that are involved and make the appropriate decision at that time."
Witnesses felt the situation should have been handled differently.
"We felt like if he would have just consulted or verified, you know, what the young guy was saying with the counselor... none of this situation would have even happened," said Webb.
Brown says the matter is under investigation. The student was given a misdemeanor summons, according to Southern University.