September 28, 2022 3:51 am
ACLU lawsuit: Louisiana deputies punched Black man in 2019

ACLU lawsuit: Louisiana deputies punched Black man in 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Civil libertarians challenged Louisiana’s 1-year statute of limitations for lawsuits alleging police abuse.

Jarius brown, who was arrested by a state trooper for a theft vehicle charge in 2019,, was so traumatized that he refused to speak with the ACLU of Louisiana until recent, Nora Ahmed, the legal director, said in an interview Tuesday.

The jailhouse beating took place in the DeSoto Parish seat of Mansfield, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Shreveport, on Sept. 27, 2019. The ACLU has asked a judge in Louisiana to declare the one-year limit unconstitutional. This will allow for the filing of Friday’s lawsuit. Ahmed stated that only Louisiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee give police the same amount of time as Louisiana.

Brown claims that the beating was based on a long history of violence and police brutality by Louisiana law enforcement officers, according to an ACLU official in a press release. “That conduct has unfortunately existed for decades and has implicitly been endorsed by Louisiana State Police troopers, officials — the very force that initiated Mr. Brown’s arrest.”

The suit cited an article in a series Associated Press reports about a decade-long pattern by state police to hide videos and other information regarding violence by troopers.


Capt. He wrote an email stating that it appeared that the Trooper was only alleged to be involved in the arrest, and not in the use of force incident.

The suit was filed in federal court in Shreveport Tuesday against Javarrea Pouncy, a former deputy from DeSoto Parish and two unidentified officers – a second deputy as well as the trooper who arrested Brown.

However, the sheriff’s office declined any further information.

” This matter was investigated internally as well as by the Louisiana State Police. “The matter is currently in litigation. Therefore, our office won’t have any further comments at this time,” said Deputy Mark Pierce, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department. He sent an email on Tuesday.

Manale stated Wednesday that the state police had conducted an investigation at the request of Manale. As part of the original charges, he said that video taken by a state trooper was given to the district attorney’s offices.

KSLA TV reported July 2020 on the video , that shows Brown trying to answer simple questions, while apparently trying to stay conscious after being beaten. Brown’s left eye is swollen shut, and his saliva strings from his mouth are all visible in the recording. The station reported that

Brown was just being processed and was wearing inmate clothing when he was brought to the officer. The officer questions a deputy about Brown’s whereabouts. The deputy said yes and he resisted.

Pouncy didn’t respond to a call, or to a text sent to two numbers in an online database that were possibly his. He is no longer employed by the Coushatta Police Department or the sheriff’s offices. KSLA reported that he was there a year ago. According to the lawsuit, Pouncy quit the sheriff’s offices after being investigated.

Records at the DeSoto Parish District Attorney’s Office show that the matter was sent there to investigate a case of malfeasance. Shawn Parker, an Investigator for Charles Adams who assumed office in January, stated that this was a case of malfeasance.

Brown can be heard asking for help in the video, but he was not allowed to leave the hospital until another deputy assessed his condition. According to the ACLU, According to the ACLU, Brown was being treated for a broken nose, broken bones around his eyes, and injuries to his left eyelid.

Brown is one of eight 400 complaints the ACLU received alleging that there was racist policing occurring in Louisiana.

The 5th U.S. Ahmed stated that other challenges to Louisiana’s one-year statute of limitations have been rejected by the Circuit Court of Appeals. She said that her challenge is to raise arguments in recent articles written by legal scholars.

The lawsuit is the 22nd in the ACLU of Louisiana’s “Justice Lab” campaign to expose and litigate against police brutality and racism, the organization said.


AP news researcher Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this report.