- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Attorney in Lafayette says a former Iberia Parish sheriff’s deputy faces one day in jail for a civil rights conviction.

Cody Laperouse, 29, also must perform 200 hours of community service, take an anger management course and pay a $2,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a Monday news release that Laperouse struck a man who was under arrest in September 2013 following the Sugar Cane Festival in New Iberia.

Laperouse pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor count of depriving a man of his civil rights.

The Advocate reports that Laperouse is now with the St. Martinville Police Department (https://bit.ly/1IfOCJn). He was fired from the Sheriff’s Office after video of him striking the handcuffed man was posted on the Internet.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna said the sentence he gave Laperouse is appropriate for someone who has remained employed and had never been in criminal trouble before Sept. 29, 2013.

The man Laperouse was convicted of striking claims in a federal lawsuit against the Iberia Sheriff’s Office that he was only trying to ask deputies during the Sugar Cane Festival why they had arrested his brother-in-law.


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