David Prejean, a former Sergeant in the K-9 Unit of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office was sentenced Monday on his guilty plea to violating the civil rights of a detainee. Prejean previously admitted that he acted without legal justification on Dec. 6, 2012, when he commanded his K-9 to bite the detainee, and then struck the detainee, resulting in bodily injury.
According to statements made in court and filings made in connection with the guilty plea, Prejean was a K-9 Sergeant when he was called to the Iberia Parish Jail on Dec. 6, 2012, to assist with a shakedown. Authorities say during the course of the shakedown, an inmate turned to look at Prejean after being told not to, at which point Prejean threw the inmate to the ground and then commanded his dog to bite him. Prejean also struck the inmate several times. Prejean allowed the dog to bite the inmate for several seconds before pulling the K9 away. Officials say then Prejean wrote false report designed to cover up his unjustified use of force.
Raborn encourages other officers to speak up, just like the public does if they see something unusual.
Even if the body cameras are turned off, the deputies are required to mention in their reports why this happened.
Prejean was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison and one year supervised release.