A Louisiana State Trooper has been charged with simple battery after an extensive investigation proved the officer to have used excessive force with a teen who was arrested.
Master Trooper John Neal was on duty on February 11, 2017 when he was alerted to a stolen vehicle in Orleans Parish. Once he spotted the stopped vehicle, he confronted the perps inside. One of them fled the scene, 19-year-old male, and Neal followed on foot. The suspect was detained shortly after by another Trooper.
According to another Trooper, MT Neal walked up to the suspect who was handcuffed and lying face down on the ground, and kicked him in the head.
As the investigation unfolded, Detectives discovered no evidence to support Neal’s use of force on the victim. As a result of their investigation, Detectives determined that MT Neal committed simple battery on the victim. MT Neal was arrested and charged with 1 count of simple battery.
Neal is on forced leave, and has been throughout the investigation.
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