St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested two females members of the Eunice Police Department on charges of misconduct. Two women sworn to protect and serve are accused of standing by while one their own was in need of help.
Eunice Police Chief Ronald Dies said over the phone to News Ten, “I knew when I took this position that there would be dark days,” It was Dies who made the call to Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, in reference to an incident that occurred in early April.
“A canine officer needed assistance and these two female officers were on the scene but did not render assistance,” said Guidroz. Veteran officer Tayla Fruge and Trainee Jade Weaver allegedly stood by while an un-named canine officer struggled, fought and eventually pepper sprayed a suspect. According to police reports, witnesses near-by head the officer’s call for help, but Fruge and Weaver allegedly stood by their unit.
"When they see an officer in need or a citizen in need, they need to step forward an offer assistance. They couldn't just stand there by their unit with their thumb in their mouth. This officer could have gotten seriously hurt," said Guidroz.
The alleged failure to aide a fellow officer lead to the Sheriff’s investigation. The result? Officers Fruge and Weaver have both been arrested on one count each of misdemeanor malfeasance in office. Chief Dies said he was disappointed in his officers and saddened by the shadow it cast on his department. Guidroz commended Dies for making the call. Fruge and Weaver were taken to the St. Landry Parish Jail. No word yet on if they have bonded out or if they will lose their badges. The case moves to the District Attorney, while the Eunice Police Department continues with a Civil Service Investigation.
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