A Port Allen Police officer has been placed on leave and charged with malfeasance in office and aggravated battery after a citizen filed a complaint for being unnecessarily tased, according to a statement released by Port Allen Police Chief Corey Hicks Monday.
Port Allen Police officer Nolan Dehon, III, 44, was arrested after tasing a 67-year-old handcuffed in the back of his police unit twice within 10 seconds, arrest records show.
According to the report, police officers were responding to a complaint of a man breaking a window at a family member's home on Avenue C on March 27. Dehon tased the man while he was handcuffed and seated in the back of a police unit, the arrest warrant says.
The suspect screamed “Help,” authorities wrote. Dehon threatened the man with his taser and said, “scream again, go ahead, scream” and tased the suspect twice as he screamed.
The man being arrested was compliant and not resisting commands from responding officers, according to investigators.
Dehon then brought the suspect to the Port Allen police station where he was issued a ticket for disturbing the peace and resisting arrest, records show.
He was later taken to the hospital for his injuries and filed a complaint with the department, which sparked the investigation.
District Attorney Tony Clayton said he has reviewed the body camera footage and called it "disturbing." Clayton said he plans to bring the case before a grand jury.
The body camera footage will not be released to the public as the investigation is ongoing.
"Chief Hicks holds his officers to a high standard and maintains a Zero Tolerance Policy for Officers," a statement by Chief Hicks reads.
Chief Hicks is not issuing any additional information at this time.
Dehon has worked at the Port Allen Police Department and West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. Dehon was hired back on to the Port Allen Police Department in February 2021.
The investigation was conducted by representatives of both the Port Allen Police Department and the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.