The Caddo Parish Grand Jury on Monday, June 29, 2020, returned an indictment against eight Shreveport Police Department officers in connection with the excessive use of force on two men apprehended January 24.
The officers indicted are Aaron Jaudon, D’Andre Jackson, Mark Ordoyne, William Isenhour, Christopher McConnell, Brandon Walker, Treveion Brooks, and David Francis.
The indictment charges each officer with one count of malfeasance in office. The incident giving rise to the charges initially started in the 700 block of Central Street in Shreveport. SPD dash cameras show that police officers attempted to engage the driver, Chico Bell, and his passenger, Damon Robinson, as the men’s vehicle left a private residence. The officer turned on his lights and siren, intending to stop Bell and Robinson for seat belt violations, but Bell and Robinson drove on. A pursuit began and other officers joined the chase with police vehicle video showing that Bell threw several unknown objects from the window of his Chevrolet truck during the chase.
A Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputy assisted with the pursuit; his dashcam indicated the vehicle came to a stop on Linwood Avenue. Dash cameras show that after stopping, Bell and Robinson raised their hands, and then stuck both hands up out of the windows of the truck, in an apparent attempt to surrender without resistance. SPD officers and one Caddo deputy approached the truck and SPD officers pulled Bell out the truck through the driver’s window. While pulling Bell out through the window, SPD officers began striking, kicking, and tasing him to the torso and other areas of his body. According to medical records, Bell suffered injuries, including a broken orbital plate.
An SPD officer punched the passenger, Robinson, multiple times through the open truck window, while Robinson’s hands were being held by other officers. SPD officers then took Robinson to the ground, where one officer apparently struck him in the face with a flashlight, despite Robinson’s hands being behind his back. Robinson’s nose was broken in several places. The Caddo deputy noted that Robinson was compliant during the police encounter and offered no resistance. The Caddo deputy’s body and dash camera video confirmed his assessment.
SPD officers reported that they recovered items thrown from the vehicle: very small amounts of ecstasy, cocaine and a stolen gun that was found the next day along the route of the chase. Police arrested Bell for flight from an officer, possession of Schedule I controlled dangerous substances, possession of Schedule II controlled dangerous substances, obstruction of justice, cyberstalking, and a fugitive matter. Police arrested Robinson for resisting an officer.
The District Attorney’s office has dismissed all charges arising from the January 24, 2020, incident due to unnecessary excessive force being used by SPD officers to make the arrest.
Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator notified District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. of his concerns based on the Caddo deputy’s report, dash and body cam evidence, and the excessive force being used during the stop. SPD tendered its investigation of the officers’ actions on March 6, 2020. The Louisiana governor’s stay-at-home order for COVID-19 took effect March 23, 2020, which paused the District Attorney’s review until Phase 1 of the stay-at-home order was complete. The DA’s office interviewed the victims June 5, 2020, and obtained complete medical reports on June 15, 2020. The DA’s office completed its review and investigation of the matter and then placed it before the grand jury.
Seven other indictments for murder and associated crimes also were returned by the Grand Jury on June 29, 2020.
The indicted individuals and the charges listed are:
Gregory Earl Jones, 38, charged with the February 16, 2020, second-degree murder of Tasha Mayberry, and with two counts of aggravated assault Upon a Peace Officer; Tristan Mayberry, 28, charged with accessory after-the-fact to second-degree murder; Rotrick Deon Ivory, 30, charged with second-degree murder in connection with the May 8, 2018, slaying of Michael Smith, and aggravated battery; Traveon Cannon, 20, and Kasey Howard, 22, charged with second-degree murder in connection with the February 5, 2020, slaying of Jaderris Montreal Taylor; Daniel Haire, 24, charged with the February 2020 slaying of Rodney Nordby, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and Dillon Brown, 28, charged with accessory after-the-fact in connection with the Nordby slaying, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.