WEST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - According to West Feliciana spokeswoman Erin Foster, a deputy accused of using racial slurs during a traffic stop has been found innocent and the complaints against him have been deemed unfounded. However, the deputy is still facing assault charges from a separate incident in Bunkie, LA, which is in Avoyelles Parish.
On Thursday, October 8, the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office received one formal citizen's complaint and one witness statement alleging that Shane Lofton used offensive language during a traffic stop. An investigation was immediately launched and Lofton was placed on paid administrative leave.
Officials with West Feliciana Parish say Lofton willingly took a polygraph test (or lie detector test), which he passed. The test was administered by an outside agency. A score of +2 is considered passing, and Lofton scored a +6 on his test.
"He passed with flying colors," said Sheriff Daniel.
The parties who filed the complaints refused to take polygraph tests, according to officials.
"We are satisfied with the results of this investigation. Deputy Lofton was working within the law when he made that traffic stop and had every right to issue the ticket," said Sheriff Daniel.
"At this time we feel it is in everyone's best interest to move him away from Uniform Patrol because we have evidence that the media coverage of this story has made him a target; however he has instead made the decision to resign," said Sheriff Daniel.
"I want to take this time to remind everyone that comments and speculation made on the news are often inaccurate, and this case goes to prove just that. We were and are committed to fact finding and due process of the law," said Sheriff Daniel.