ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a Louisiana teacher at a school board meeting after she spoke out about teacher pay (all times local):
The law officer who handcuffed and arrested a Louisiana teacher in videos that sparked Internet outrage was a defendant in a lawsuit alleging excessive force in 2011.
Reggie Hilts, now a marshal in Abbeville, was a police officer in the city of Scott when the incident occurred. He and another officer were accused in a federal lawsuit of slamming an ailing 62-year-old man’s head on a concrete slab during an arrest.
The officers denied excessive force was used. They said the man was uncooperative and resisted arrest after city crews were dispatched to cut grass and weeds on his property.
The suit, filed in 2012, was settled in 2016. The Scott police chief said Hilts left the department in November 2011 for reasons having nothing to do with the incident.
The Louisiana teacher arrested after she spoke out about teacher pay at a school board meeting says she hopes the ordeal prompts others to get more involved in education.
In an interview that aired Thursday morning on NBC, Deshia Hargrave said it’s sad that a woman “has to be forcibly, violently removed” from a school board meeting “for people to start caring.”
Hargrave said she hopes teachers and others outside of schools become more involved in education.
Vermilion Parish Schools Superintendent Jerome Puyau told NBC he doesn’t support his employees being arrested but added that “a person has to follow the rules.”
Hargrave also said in the interview that she wants an apology.
Hargrave returned to the classroom Wednesday. A local prosecutor says he won’t pursue charges against her.
The Louisiana teacher whose widely viewed arrest sparked online outrage has returned to work while fallout from the incident rages on.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said he saw nothing on videos of Deshia Hargrave’s arrest that warranted her rough treatment. Meanwhile, the superintendent of Vermilion Parish Schools says he, his staff and his family have received death threats over the incident.
Hargrave returned to the classroom Wednesday. A local prosecutor says he won’t pursue charges against her. Hargrave says she is appalled at her treatment and grateful for support from students, parents and others.
A rally of support for the teacher was planned Thursday afternoon.