Gretna police officer arrested for kicking, dragging handcuffed suspect

GRETNA, La. (WGNO) – A Gretna police officer was fired and arrested after a video showed the officer kicking and dragging a handcuffed suspect.

According to Gretna Police, the incident happened in April 2016 when officers responded to a burglary in progress. The suspect came out of the business and surrendered.

The officer in question, Robert Wallow, then took the handcuffed suspect to the side. Video that later surfaced shows Wallow repeatedly kicking the suspect, then later dragging him across the sidewalk while he’s handcuffed.

The internal investigation into Wallow started immediately after the video surfaced, Gretna Police said.

“The actions were not pretty,” Gretna Deputy Police Chief Anthony Christiana said during a Friday afternoon press conference.

Wallow was booked into the Jefferson Parish Jail this morning. He had been with the department 18 months, and this was Wallow’s first infraction, police said.

A second officer is on administrative leave in connection with the incident.

The suspect never sought medical attention, nor did he file a use of force complaint, police said.