An Assumption Parish Sheriff's deputy was fired Thursday after the agency determined he inappropriately used force during an arrest captured on video the day before, according to Assumption Sheriff's spokesman Lonny Cavalier.

Deputy Joseph Freeman was fired Thursday morning after Assumption Sheriff Leland Falcon reviewed security video from a business where the arrest happened and found evidence warranting immediate termination, Cavalier said.

The business' security video is in the process of being authenticated, but is compatible with a video posted on Facebook by a bystander, Cavalier said.

In the video on Facebook, Freeman can be seen slamming the suspect into the side of a patrol unit. 

Freeman was put on administrative leave Wednesday and terminated Thursday. The former deputy had joined the Assumption Sheriff's Office in 2002 and served as a shift sergeant, Cavalier said.

According to Freeman's termination letter, Freeman violated the Assumption Sheriff's Office policies on use of force, treatment of prisoners in custody, conduct unbecoming, performance of duty, unsatisfactory performance and courtesy. The letter notes that while the man under arrest at a convenience store in Plattenville looks like he began to resist the officer, Freeman responded with  force that was not in compliance with the agency's policies on using force.

Falcon said that all officers are provided with the agency's policy on use of force when they're hired.

"It's a very well-thought-out policy," Falcon said. "The policy speaks for itself and we do not deviate from that policy."

Read the full termination letter here.

Cavalier said an internal investigation is underway, and when that is complete the case will be passed on to the district attorney for review.

The incident happened late afternoon Wednesday when deputies responded to a call about someone walking in the intersection of La. 308 and the La. 70 spur, trying to stop people at the busy crossing, Cavalier said. 

The suspect, Jose Rodriguez Hernandez, was booked into the Assumption Parish jail on a count of criminal mischief/tampering with property, simple obstruction of a highway of commerce, disturbing the peace by intoxication and two counts of resisting an officer, Cavalier said.


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