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.
MT Neal raised the victim to his feet and escorted him to a nearby patrol unit where he forced the victim’s head into a rear window causing it to shatter. This action was captured by civilian surveillance video and body camera videos from MT Neal and another Trooper present at the scene. MT Neal transported the victim to University Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries. The victim was released from the hospital shortly after and booked into the Orleans Justice Center for possession of a stolen auto, resisting an officer, and littering.
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.