The Investigators: Livingston Parish deputy arrested, fired after complaint of excessive force

Livingston Parish deputy arrested, fired after complaint of excessive force

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint from a female inmate about excessive force on the part of one of the female deputies.

An investigation was launched and video evidence supported criminal charges of second degree battery and malfeasance in office against 35-year-old Deputy Karleen Leglue. She was a Corporal at the Livingston Parish Detention Center at the time. She was placed under arrest on Jan. 26, 2016.

Sheriff Jason Ard states that while escorting a handcuffed female inmate, Londi Lafleur, on January 26, 2016 around 3 a.m., Corporal Leglue grabbed the Lafleur and forced her body against a concrete wall. Lafleur's head hit the wall causing a large knot on the left side of her face.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Lafleur believed her jaw to be broken. The inmate was immediately seen by medical staff on duty. Further medical examination is possible.

"The evidence supported the arrest that Corporal Leglue did intentionally perform this act in an unlawful manner. She is no longer employed by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office," said Sheriff Ard.

Leglue denied how the incident occurred after she was given her Miranda rights.

Corporal Leglue, with LPSO since 2012, was released from the Livingston Parish Detention Center on January 26, 2016 after posting a $35,000 bond.

"This is an unfortunate incident. It’s never pleasant to arrest one of your own.  But, this type of behavior will not be tolerated while I am Sheriff in Livingston Parish.  No one is above the law," said Sheriff Ard.

The news is no shock to a former inmate at the Livingston Parish Detention Center. The woman spoke to 9News Wednesday anonymously.

"I'm not surprised one bit.  She's just a very, very evil person. Nobody liked her," said the inmate, who spent five months at the jail last year on drug charges.

While she never witnessed Leglue being violent, she says she did often threaten inmates. She describes Leglue as the most hated person in the jail.

"She kind of just felt like because you were an inmate, whether you were there on drug charges or traffic tickets, you were just looked down upon. I mean, you were just scum of the earth," the former inmate said.

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