Louisiana State Penitentiary officer arrested for allegedly using excessive force on inmate

West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Louisiana State Penitentiary corrections officer Monday.

Elbert King, 30, of Natchez is charged with one count each of malfeasance in office and simple battery for his alleged use of excessive force on a prisoner.

The alleged incident happened on April 11, 2022, at the prison while the inmate was being placed in restraints to be escorted to recreation.

The inmate sustained minor injuries including scratches and scrapes.

The Louisiana State Penitentiary’s investigations division began the investigation immediately upon the officer’s emergency beeper being activated and notified the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office. King was placed on investigative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Dept. Of Public Safety said after a week-long investigation, they determined that King failed to accurately report the incident, leading to his arrest.

King surrendered to West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Deputies today at the parish prison.

King remains on investigative leave pending the investigation. More charges are pending.

King is a Sergeant and has been employed at the prison since August 20, 2019. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further details are available at this time.

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