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State trooper arrested in connection with brutality investigation

By: - December 10, 2020 11:01 pm
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The Louisiana State Police has arrested one of its own troopers, the son of the agency’s second-in-command after an investigation into a 2019 incident in Ouachita Parish. Jacob Brown, 30, was booked Thursday and faces charges of aggravated second-degree battery and malfeasance in office.

Brown is the son of State Police Assistant Superintendent and Chief of Staff Bob Brown, according to a report from Baton Rouge’s WBRZ.

The arrest stems from an incident on May 30, 2019 when Brown “engaged in excessive and unjustifiable actions” in the arrest of a suspect and “failed to report the use of force to his supervisors,” according to a State Police press release.

It took longer than a year and the filing of a lawsuit before the agency’s internal affairs division launched an inquiry into Brown’s actions. “The investigation began in October of 2020 upon receiving a civil lawsuit alleging excessive force by an unnamed Trooper during an arrest on May 30, 2019,” the press release said. 

During the course of the administrative inquiry, information surfaced that led the internal affairs detectives to suspend the administrative inquiry and initiate a criminal investigation, according to the agency.

“Upon learning of the allegations, our department began an immediate investigation into the incident,” State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis said. “The public trust and responsibility bestowed upon us as law enforcement professionals is of the utmost importance.  We owe not only the public we serve, but also the dedicated men and women of our department a just and timely response.”

Brown remains on administrative leave pending resolution of the charges and the administrative inquiry.

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Much of his journalism has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and coverage of municipal and state government. He has received recognitions including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus and a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his two sons and his wife, who is also a journalist.