City releases bodycam footage in Monroe officer assault investigation
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The City of Monroe has released bodycam footage from the night a citizen says he was assaulted by Monroe police.
The video released on August 6 shows the arrest of Timothy Williams on April 21. The Monroe man says he was beaten by multiple Monroe police officers while handcuffed.
KNOE sat down with his lawyers, who say they watched part of the body camera footage Wednesday.
“I just had to turn my head because I didn’t want to relive the moment,” Williams said.
According to the arrest report, officers confronted Timothy Williams while responding to an alarm call. That’s when police say he displayed a fake gun.
Williams says he ran from police while being searched because he was afraid but later surrendered by putting his hands in the air and laying on his stomach. Williams says he was handcuffed, punched, and kicked by at least two officers.
“One of the officers that was wearing his body camera turned for a period of time. We could not see what happening there but we do know that there were beatings going on because we could hear Timothy very clearly screaming and crying out for help,” said attorney Donecia Banks-Miley.
“There are still other body cameras that they have that have not been made available for us to watch and there are still facts out there that Timothy states what has happened. Some people believe and some don’t. It will always be that way until the video of the body cam is released in its entirety,” said attorney Jessica Williams.
Jared Desadier was arrested after being placed on administrative leave. He has since resigned. Four other officers are also on administrative leave. Williams and his attorneys describe the scenes as disturbing and say they’re demanding accountability and the release of more video.
Desadier is facing charges for malfeasance in office and second-degree battery.
Along with the bodycam footage, the City of Monroe released the following statement on August 6:
Transparency regarding the treatment of Mr. Williams has been our over-arching goal since this Administration became aware of his encounter with two patrol officers of the Monroe Police Department. We will keep our process as transparent to the public as possible within the limits of an ongoing criminal and internal affairs investigation.
We have conducted our investigations with the highest degree of integrity possible and have also asked an outside law enforcement agency (FBI) to conduct their own, separate investigation of the incident and the victim's complaint.
"Today's release of the bodycam footage of the incident is one of the several steps we intend to take to ensure transparency during this process and to maintain public confidence in the City's commitment to ensure that all citizens are treated equally," said Mayor Friday Ellis. "The citizens of Monroe expect the highest degree of professionalism from all our employees, including police officers, and we will continue to work to make sure that we meet those expectations."
Our criminal investigation is nearing its completion, but our Internal Affairs investigation is ongoing. Our internal affairs review will necessarily involve a review of how this complaint was handled and the role of any other officers in the complaint process.
Going forward, we plan to release additional information regarding how the complaint was handled, providing it does not jeopardize any ongoing investigation.
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