Monroe officer accused of Tasing suspect who made racial slurs
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - An officer with the Monroe Police Department has been arrested.
The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly happened in September during an arrest in the 600 block of Standifer Avenue in Monroe.
According to an affidavit for the arrest warrant, Officer Timothy Miller asked a suspect numerous times to get into his patrol unit. It says the suspect failed to comply and was trying to hand his phone to a family member. It says Miller then drew his Taser. The suspect then got into the patrol unit. Once seated, the document says the suspect started using racial slurs toward Miller. It says Miller then Tased the suspect.
The City of Monroe released the following statement on Oct. 29, italicized below:
Today, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Monroe Police Department Officer Timothy Miller on charges of aggravated battery and malfeasance in office in connection with Miller’s use of a Taser on a suspect during an arrest on September 24, 2021.
OPSO’s investigation into Miller’s actions was conducted at the request of the Monroe Police Department. Following Miller’s use of force on September 24, 2021, MPD reviewed the body camera footage and notified Chief Victor Zordan of Miller’s use of force.
Chief Zordan then notified OPSO of the incident and requested that OPSO conduct a full, independent criminal investigation into the matter.
Officer Miller was placed on administrative leave on September 27, 2021.
Chief Vic Zordan says, “Our police officers face difficult and challenging situations every time they put on the uniform and are forced to react in tense, evolving circumstances. The job is understandably difficult, but I expect nothing less than the highest levels of professionalism and integrity from our officers in the performance of their duties. I will continue to hold officers accountable to these standards and take action where necessary to ensure that those standards are met.”
Mayor Friday Ellis says, “I support the hard work and dedication of our officers who devote their lives to ensuring the safety of ours, but I expect all officers to operate within the bounds of the law. When officers step outside those bounds, they, like any other citizen, will be held accountable.”
An arrest is only one stage in a criminal matter, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
Note that the City cites Sept. 24 as the date this happened. The document cites Sept. 25 as the date.
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