On Friday, it was announced that a former Captain of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana had pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting an assault on a pre-trial detainee at the Iberia Parish Jail. 47-year-old Mark Frederick of St. Martinville, Louisiana pleaded guilty to the charge. Frederick was a Captain at IPSO and served as the Assistant Warden at the Iberia Parish Jail.
On September 27, 2011, a pre-trial detainee referred to as E.M. resisted deputies at the jail. E.M. was restrained and removed from the scene. Frederick and other senior Sheriff’s Office staff agreed to retaliate against the detainee by taking him to the chapel, which was not covered by the jail’s video surveillance system, and assaulting him.
The defendant and other senior IPSO staff went to the chapel with the unlawful intent to beat E.M., because of E.M.’s previous altercation with deputies. The detainee was beaten while handcuffed, compliant and not posing a threat to anyone. One officer placed his baton between the detainee’s legs and raised the baton in a sharp motion. The attack lifted the detainee off of his feet.
Despite recognizing that he had a duty to intervene and stop the unjustified use of force, Frederick willfully chose not to intervene. Mark Frederick will be sentenced by United States District Court Judge Donald Walter at a later date. Further details have been made available here.