SUNSET, La. (AP) – A Sunset Reserve Police officer has been arrested and booked with malfeasance. Police Chief Alexcie Guillory Sr. tells The Daily World his department arrested reserve officer Ronald Anthony Duplechain Jr., of Port Barre, Sunday for allegedly tampering with evidence and theft of prescription pills.
Guillory said the incident began Saturday when someone told him that evidence was missing. He assigned Assistant Chief Kevin Pugh to investigate. Pugh said the office’s video surveillance system was able to document Duplechain entering the police department on Friday and removing an evidence bag containing pills that had been seized as part of a traffic stop earlier in the day.
It was unclear whether Duplechain has an attorney.
PULASKI COUNTY, IN — As the Department of Defense continues to flood America’s local police departments with military equipment, some cops are letting the propaganda and the free toys go to their heads. One sheriff in Indiana let out a disturbing admission that he views America as a battlefield — making it imperative, in his opinion, to equip his deputies with gear fresh out of the hands of U.S. soldiers fighting overseas.
“The United States of America has become a war zone,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer in an interview with the Indianapolis Star.
His department has received attention after it sought out and acquired a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle through the Pentagon’s police militarization program.
Sheriff Gayer remarked about the MRAP, “It’s a lot more intimidating than a Dodge.”
Pulaski County is extremely rural, containing only 13,124 residents. In 2012, Pulaski County only 11 theft (or larceny) incidents, 1 murder and a grand total of 17 property crimes. Despite this, sprawling farm county has procured hundreds of military items, valued at over $5,000,000.00, under Sheriff Gayer’s leadership. The items, listed in a database at the Indy Star, range from dozens of vehicles, weapons, tactical equipment, bayonets, tools, and more.
Embattled Fountain Hill police officer Grady Cunningham has resigned.
In exchange for his resignation, which became effective Friday, borough council agreed to pay Cunningham $35,000 and give him a “neutral” reference.
Cunningham was fired in February 2013 after he allegedly used excessive force on a suspect in June 2012 in the police department’s holding cell. An arbitrator reinstated him in August 2013, but he was placed on paid administrative leave soon afterward and has not patrolled the borough since, Council President Larry Rapp said.