From [HERE] An attorney for a Black Louisiana teenager shown on video being slammed to the ground by large white police officers during an altercation at school says charges against two officers are a "slap on the wrist." The video, taken by a school surveillance camera, was sent anonymously to CBS affiliate WAFB-TV.
A grand jury in West Baton Rouge Parish indicted former Brusly police Officer Dan Cipriano on a charge of simple battery Friday, WAFB-TV reported. Another former officer, Kip Dupre, was indicted on a charge of malfeasance in office.
Both officers resigned in November after video from Brusly Middle School showed one officer wrestling with a 14-year-old male student before slamming him down. Full view of the scuffle between Dupre and the student is blocked by a desk in the Brusly Middle School office, but Dupre can clearly be seen wrestling the student and slamming him to the ground twice.
There is no audio in the video, but it appears in at least some of the encounter, Dupre rapidly thrusts his arm and shoulder up and down toward the youth, as if punching him, while school staff nervously look on.
Cipriano, arrived toward the end of the struggle to get the student in handcuffs, escort him out of the office and slams him against a desk.
The cops claimed that the student attempted to grab the cop’s gun. [which might be reasonable to do after he had been body slammed and if he believed the white cop was attempting to inflict serious bodily harm]
State police investigated and handed their findings over to the local district attorney, whose office presented the case to a grand jury.
Kwame Asante, an attorney for the student, said the family at first was glad the grand jury found enough evidence to indict the officers. But he said the family felt the evidence warranted stiffer charges.
"They feel the DA's office did an adequate job by bringing it quickly to the people but feel it was a slap on the wrist based on the tape and what they saw done to their grandson," Asante told The Advocate. "This young man will still be dealing with this for a long time."
The teen's grandmother said the incident left her grandson with bruises on his face and a cut on his chin. However, she's more concerned about the lasting psychological effects her grandson may suffer.
"Since the incident, he went in the hospital with more trauma," she told WAFB-TV. The station chose not to identify the grandmother to protect the identity of the student.
Asante previously said the problems started that morning because the boy was assigned to detention for cursing on the playground, then he got into an argument with an administrator over how long he had to be in detention.
The struggle began when the child tried to leave the office, according to Asante.
Brusly Police Chief Jonathan Lefeaux had previously said he asked for the officers' resignations because he believed the incident would make it hard for them to continue working in the community. The officers then resigned.