A Jefferson Parish, La., man is raising several questions after a deputy entered his home to arrest him, actions the man believes were excessive.
In the video, uploaded to Facebook on April 1 by Eric Banegas, the officer is first seen attempting to force his way past the door of a River Ridge home as 26-year-old Donrell Breaux asks they deputy why he's trying to enter. As he attempts to keep the officer out, Breaux repeatedly continues to ask the deputy his reasons for being at his home. As the video continues, the officer pushes through the doorway, forcing Breaux down on a couch and attempting to handcuff the man. Throughout the ordeal, Breaux continues to ask the officer his reason for arresting him, to which the officer responds, "I don't answer to you." At one point, the officer only offers "resting an officer" as his reason.
Speaking to local station WDSU on April 2, Breaux said he believed the deputy came to his home after a neighbor called the police. "I think one of the neighbors called them because we was cussing and cutting up on the porch," he said. Breaux added that the deputy did not identify himself when he first arrived.
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Breaux says he was arrested and charged with battery of a police officer, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.
According to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson, Sheriff Newell Normand has a copy of the video and is supervising an internal review of the incident. Breaux says he is waiting for the department to determine how the situation will be handled.
"He was forceful but I'll let Jefferson Parish decide if this officer should be punished," Breaux said.
As of April 3, the arrest video has been shared on Facebook more than 35,000 times.
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