Monroe City Council members issue statements after release of bodycam footage

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 10:46 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2020 at 3:25 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Some Monroe City Council members have issued statements following the release of bodycam video in the investigation into the alleged assault of a Monroe man by police.

The video released on August 6 shows the arrest of Timothy Williams on April 21. Williams says he was beaten by multiple Monroe police officers while handcuffed. A peaceful protest was held following the release of the video.

Gretchen Ezernack, Doug Harvey, and Juanita Woods have released statements regarding the matter.

The statements are as follows:

“I, like many others, was saddened when I viewed the body cam footage of the arrest of Timothy Williams. Our officers have a sworn duty to serve and protect the members of the community, and incidents like this do not have a place here. I am confident that justice will be served once the full investigation is complete. I want to commend the administration of Mayor Ellis and their commitment to transparency and accountability. As someone who has friends and family who have served and some ultimately sacrificed their lives as law enforcement officers, I know that the actions of one do not represent the actions of all. We will pray for justice and healing for all of those impacted by this event.”

Monroe City Councilman Doug Harvey, District 1

“With the release of the body-cam footage of the arrest of Mr. Williams and the subsequent actions of officers of the Monroe Police Department, I would like to make it clear that the actions of the officers involved were improper, unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Those sworn to uphold the law, also are not above the law. The incident is under a full and complete investigation and those found to be at fault will be held fully accountable for their actions. It is my hope, that the actions of a few, will not be considered to be a reflection on the dedicated men and women of the Monroe Police Department who are committed to serve and protect our citizens and community every day.”

Gretchen Ezernack, Monroe City Council – District 2

“It is with great sadness and regret that these type of incidents are continuing to occur in 2020. I am especially sadden that it has happened in the great City of Monroe. My prayers are with Mr. Timothy Williams and his family.

“Our Officers have a sworn duty to protect and serve our communities. The majority do take their sworn oath seriously and do what is necessary to protect and serve. However, there are some that step outside of their respective lines of duty - this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. These Officers will be held accountable for their actions.

“It is my hope that as we stand in solidarity as a community, we will work together, tirelessly, to eradicate any further incidents of this nature in our great City of Monroe.”

Juanita G. Woods, Chairwoman, Monroe City Council, District 3

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