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Deputies fired for excessive force on juvenile inmate

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NAPOLEONVILLE - Two deputies and a corrections office were fired in Assumption Parish for using excessive force on a juvenile inmate.

The incident happened on Sept. 23 in one of the cell blocks at the parish's youth detention center in Napoleonville. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack says his department has zero tolerance for excessive force.

Deputy Robert Martin, a spokesman for the department, says the decision to terminate the deputies came after an internal investigation.

"There was a preponderance of evidence that came to light and the sheriff determined that their actions warranted them to be terminated," said Martin. "It's very important that all the details are brought to light and everything is handled above board and as transparent as possible."

The internal investigation came after a complaint of excessive force. The juvenile inmate sustained minor swelling to his face but was not hospitalized after the incident, according to Martin.

The names of the parties involved were not released. Waguespack says he will release the names if the deputies are arrested. The sheriff's office would not rule out the possibility of criminal charges.



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