Report details fight between constable, student
BATON ROUGE - A city constable encountered a student registering at Southern University several times before they got into an altercation which was caught on tape, according to an arrest report.
The video showed the constable physically "body-slamming" the student, according to witnesses, and was viewed thousands of times at WBRZ.com.
The report says Deputy Constable Anthony Collins saw the student, Taikian Brooks, switch lines several times while Collins was working crowd control for student registration at Southern. The report said he asked Brooks to sign in and sit in the bleachers, but Brooks claimed he had a letter allowing him to cut in front of other people. When asked to show the constable the letter, the report says Brooks told him he didn't have the letter.
Collins said he finally asked Brooks to leave the building when the student wouldn't follow his directions to sign in and take a seat in the bleachers, but Brooks refused to leave. Collins said he tried to take Brooks by the arm to escort him out of the gym, and Brooks "jerked his arm away."
The report said the constable tried to grab Brooks' arm and waist, and Brooks "actively resisted by trying to spin away... and swinging his arms and elbows at the same time." Collins said he told the student he was under arrest, and then "took Brooks to the floor."
He said the student continued to resist until two other constables helped subdue and handcuff him.
Brooks was issued a misdemeanor summons for remaining after being forbidden and resisting an officer. Chief Constable Reginald Brown told News 2 on Wednesday that an investigation into the officer's actions could be completed by the end of the week.