U.S. Department of Justice representatives will discuss with the public a federal civil rights investigation into city and parish law enforcement at a community meeting Monday in Ville Platte.
Under scrutiny are the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and Ville Platte Police Department on allegations both agencies arrest or detain people without legal justification to do so.
The meeting will be an opportunity for the department to discuss its investigation and gather information from the public, according to a flyer announcing the event.
Investigations into both agencies began in April. No new information has been released since.
“The investigations will focus on allegations that VPPD and EPSO officers use ‘investigative holds’ to detain individuals without proper cause, and on the adequacy of VPPD and EPSO’s training, supervision and accountability mechanisms to prevent unlawful seizure,” according to a news release announcing the probe, which will focus on whether those allegations are pattern practices by those law enforcement agencies.
Monday’s meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 822 W. Hickory St.
To share information relevant to the investigation, call the U.S. Department of Justice at (855) 258-1434 or email Community.VillePlatte@usdoj.gov.