Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputy arrested for allegedly hitting inmate

LIVINGSTON — A Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for allegedly hitting an inmate, Sheriff Jason Ard said.

Michael Williams, 40, was charged with simple battery and malfeasance in office. He’s been terminated from the department.

“This system is in place for this reason — it’s a formal means of delivering complaints and concerns from a prisoner to the administration,” Ard said in a release. “As grievances are received, we investigate. Deputies were assigned to look into this grievance received last week. During our investigation, evidence led to an arrest and charges on one of our deputies for striking an inmate in our custody.”

Specifics on the incident were not released. Ard says that Williams was hired in January of 2023 and was assigned to the Livingston Parish Detention Center.

“We take every complaint seriously. This is an example of why we have our grievance system in place.”

A booking photo was not provided due to Act No. 494, which places restrictions on mugshots released to the media for most offenses with exceptions for certain violent crimes.

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