Sheriff, clerk stands behind arrest warrants
LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard and Livingston Parish Clerk of Court Thomas Sullivan are standing behind two arrest warrants that were executed last week, even though a judge recalled them after the man arrested sat in jail.
News 2 found Jackson Creel, Jr. had two active arrest warrants issued last July for his arrest. The warrants involved a child support case for court costs and non-appearance in court. However, receipts News 2 obtained showed Creel paid his court costs over eight months ago, but the warrants were never recalled.
Creel said last week Livingston Parish deputies raided his home in Walker in the middle of the night. During the raid, he claims they kicked in his door and shot tear gas inside.
"They sent in a K9 who ate my cousin up," Creel said. "He's still in the hospital."
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said his deputies acted on the two arrest warrants that were active at the time. Two days after Creel was arrested, a judge recalled those warrants. We called the judge's office to see why the warrants were recalled, but they had no comment.
"You can say it's excessive or not, when law enforcement comes to your house and you have a warrant you have to comply reasonably from looking at initial reports," Ard said. "I don't see anything that was done excessive."
Ard claims Creel didn't comply and threatened a deputy which is why he was taken into custody for resisting arrest and intimidation. The Livingston Parish Clerk of Court, Thomas Sullivan, wouldn't talk on camera but released this statement: "In instances where only court costs are due, once they are paid, the attachments (also known as warrants) are recalled."
That wasn't done in this case, because Creel left court unexcused last year and had a non-appearance charge in the arrest warrant.
"For a civil matter this is excessive force, for a civil matter," Creel said. "It's totally unacceptable."
We checked with other parishes in the area. All say if an arrest warrant is executed the suspect is charged with what's in the arrest warrant and typically bonds out on those charges. In this case, Creel only bonded out on resisting arrest and public intimidation. It's leaving him to wonder why the warrants for his arrest weren't recalled before the sheriff's office showed up at his door.
Creel told News 2 he is in the process of hiring an attorney.