Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington terminated a deputy Thursday afternoon after he was arrested on charges that stemmed from an incident at the Bossier Correctional Facilities in mid-November.
Jacob R. Gaines, 39, of the 600 block of Pine Cone Dr. in Bossier City, was arrested Dec. 10 and charged with one count of Second Degree Battery and one count of Malfeasance in Offense.
The arrest resulted from a thorough investigation by detectives with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office into a use of force incident that occurred on the early morning hours of Nov. 19 at the Bossier Medium Correctional Facility in Plain Dealing.
As per Sheriff’s Office policy, all use of force incidents are reviewed to ensure proper procedures are administered. In this case, Corrections leadership briefed investigators about the incident so that they could further investigate.
Investigators determined that back on Nov. 19 around 5:19 a.m. while working at the Medium Facility, Dep. Gaines used excessive and unnecessary force on an inmate incarcerated at that facility. While conducting their investigation, detectives also determined that Gaines provided statements inconsistent with the actions.
“The public’s trust in how we perform our duties, whether on the streets or in our correctional facilities, is of utmost importance,” said Sheriff Whittington. “Upon learning of these allegations, our Corrections leadership and detectives conducted an immediate and thorough investigation. Transparency and consistency in how we as a law enforcement agency conduct ourselves are critical traits of professional public safety. On that, you have my commitment.”
Gaines was transported the Bossier Maximum Facility where he faces a bond of $20,000 on both charges.