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Louisiana Jefferson Parish Sergeant Gary J. Shine pleads guilty in assault on handcuffed inmate

Discussion in 'Incidents of Police Abuse, Misconduct, Negligence' started by M, Oct 26, 2013.

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    M Muckraker

    Perp: Sergeant Gary J. Shine

    Victim: Identified only as "D.R."

    Department: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

    Location: Jefferson Paris, Gretna, Louisiana

    Daily Journal: Louisiana sergeant pleads to assaulting detainee (Oct 23 2013)

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Gary J. Shine ... Shine was charged in a bill of information earlier this month with depriving an inmate, identified as "D.R.," of his rights. According to that document, Shine used excessive force when he kneed the handcuffed inmate and punched him in the head on Oct. 21, 2012.
    The department said Shine acknowledged the inmate didn't pose a threat to Shine or any other person, and that there was no legal justification for Shine to strike the inmate.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2013
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    U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana: Louisiana Sergeant Gary J. Shine Pleads Guilt to Assault of Detainee [Press Release] (Oct 24 2013)

    The Justice Department announced that former Jefferson Parish, La. Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Gary J. Shine pleaded guilty today before Federal District Court Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to assaulting a detainee at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, La., thereby depriving the detainee of his civil rights.

    During the plea hearing, Shine admitted that on Oct. 21, 2012, while he was working as a sergeant, he struck an inmate with his knee, while the inmate’s hands were cuffed behind his back. Shine admitted that he also punched the inmate in the head. Shine’s actions caused bruising. Shine acknowledged that the inmate did not pose a threat to Shine or any other person, and that there was no legal justification for Shine to strike the inmate.

    “It is a federal crime for law enforcement officers to willfully use excessive force,” said Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “Today’s guilty plea demonstrates the Justice Department’s commitment to ensuring that official misconduct is addressed fully and fairly.”

    “The vast majority of our law enforcement officials serve with honor and integrity,” said Kenneth Polite, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. “However, when someone abuses the power and privileges of his office, as Gary Shine did here, he will be held accountable.”

    At sentencing, which is set for Jan. 22, 2014, Shine faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years of incarceration.

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