Beauregard Sheriff’s Office abuses inmates, DeRidder Councilman says

BPSO responds to criticism

DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - A scathing letter sent to local media by DeRidder Councilman Julian Williams claims the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office allows it’s deputies to post inappropriate content on social media, as well as physically and verbally abuse inmates.

“The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office as a whole is a great department,” Councilman Williams said. “I worked over there for many years. They have good men and women over there, but here lately, there’s been some issues.”

Williams said he’s seen videos of inmates being abused by BPSO deputies and inappropriate posts on social media, saying photos like the one below were posted by a BPSO deputy.

DeRidder City Councilman Julian Williams says a Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy posted inappropriate photos to social media.
DeRidder City Councilman Julian Williams says a Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy posted inappropriate photos to social media. (KPLC)

“I went to the Sheriff about it. His exact words was ‘PeeWee, this guy’s not stupid. Let me take care of it,'" Williams said. "That was the answer from the Sheriff. Well, it seemed like the guy doubled down. Right after I talked to the Sheriff, there was more ridiculous stuff on Facebook, you know? And that needs to stop. The idea that the Sheriff talked to him didn’t do anything. I think it made it worse.”

Beauregard Sheriff Ricky Moses, released this statement, saying:

"We take all allegations of deputy misconduct seriously and if the allegations are found to have merit we have always taken the appropriate action. 

Councilman Williams said he wants accountability and wants to see the Sheriff release the jail camera footage of the alleged abuse.

“We got a Sheriff that we are asking to open up an investigation on these allegations," Williams said. "Produce the video tape. You guys got video. You guys got camera. Are they selective cameras? Do they only work when it’s to your benefit? Or, are the cameras going to do? They should be on when you are out of the vehicle dealing with people because the camera should be protecting everybody.”

Councilman Williams said some of the inmates he spoke to who were allegedly abused plan to seek legal action against BPSO.

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