Statement from DPSO on US Attorney’s Office Investigation

News Release
September 07, 2023
Sheriff Jayson Richardson
DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office

Four years ago in 2019, it was brought to our attention that an incident had taken place inside our facility involving a former DeSoto Parish Sheriff Corrections Deputy and a person in custody of Louisiana State Police. The person in custody was injured during the incident.

This incident was investigated by the Louisiana State Police and more recently by the United States Attorney’s Office. The United States Attorney’s Office presented the case to a federal grand jury for civil rights violations. Yesterday, the grand jury returned an indictment for the federal charge. Sheriff Richardson and his staff are grateful for the professionalism of the US Attorney’s Office in their handling of this matter, and any further information will be released by their office.