Ascension Parish corrections officer fired for excessive force

ASCENSION PARISH — Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre stated at a news conference on Tuesday that inmate Ricky Williams, 18, was involved in two fights: one with another inmate and one with Corrections Officer Marvin Brown Jr., in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The fights occurred at approximately 3 a.m.

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Webre explained that Williams charged at Brown, and the officer subsequently brought Williams to the ground. After reviewing the surveillance footage, Webre concluded that Brown used excessive force in his attempts to control the situation once Williams was on the ground.

“I commend my warden for launching a quick and thorough investigation,” Webre said. “The officers have an obligation to protect themselves, but the sheriff’s office will not tolerate excessive force.”

Webre informed that Brown was arrested and charged with battery and malfeasance in office. Williams was also arrested and charged with two counts of battery, one for each altercation.

Marvin Brown Jr.

The sheriff added that Williams has been placed in a segregation cell pending disciplinary action. Brown had worked at the jail for 14 months prior to his termination.

“In my eyes and the investigator’s eyes, it was excessive force,” Webre said. “Once (Brown) had (Williams) on the ground, he did not need to employ any further force to control him.”

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