NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – An Orleans Parish prison guard is wanted for battery against an inmate.
The arrest warrant was issued at the conclusion of an investigation into what happened.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details and reaction from parish leaders.
“This is conduct that should not have occurred,” Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman said.
Marlin Gusman is talking about the March 29th prison fight between a female deputy and an inmate.
Following the fight, the now former deputy, Lateefa Marshall, filed a report claiming the unidentified inmate started the melee.
But witness statements were apparently enough to launch an internal investigation that is now complete.
Gusman is displeased with the findings.
“Unfortunately, she submitted an incident report that falsely accused the inmate of initiating the physical confrontation. We don’t tolerate that conduct.”
He says video surveillance footage contradicted Marshall’s report that she defended herself against the inmate, who supposedly bumped and spat on her.
Prosecutors are equally disturbed.
“So from my perspective to a deputy who betrayed the public trust that has been placed in him or her who would go about and abuse an individual who is in that jail then I will prosecute that person aggressively,” Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said.
During the scuffle, the inmate reportedly suffered contusions to her head and chest; allegedly at the hands of Marshall.
“It basically amounted to a simple battery. There was no other weapon involved but it was striking the person several times,” Gusman said.
Marshall was suspended at the start of the investigation.
She has recently been terminated.
Marshall is now wanted for abusing an inmate and falsifying a report.