On October 20th, two deputies from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office were suspended following an incident where a detainee was assaulted by their cellmates.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, reports revealed that an inmate at the Orleans Justice Center was subjected to an assault by two other cellmates. The inmate reported the incident to a deputy and their attorney while being escorted to a visit with the attorney.
According to OPSO officials, the inmate was escorted to the medical unit where he was found to have bruises and a fractured nose.
According to the sheriff’s office report, the deputy notified a supervisor to examine the surveillance footage that revealed the detainees exiting the cell of the injured inmate. Additionally, the video footage showed that the deputies responsible for the housing unit were stationed in the control center instead of being present in the designated unit.
On Friday, authorities questioned the deputies involved in the reported assault, which was brought to the attention of the Investigative Services Bureau.
The investigations must be completed before the deputies can resume their duties and receive their salaries. In the meantime, they have been suspended without pay.
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