Civil Rights Protest in Rayne

A civil rights group is calling for an investigation of the Rayne Police Department after a local man was tased by a Rayne Police Officer.

Yesterday, more than 20 black community members protested against alleged police misconduct and asked state and federal authorities to investigate their claims of racial profiling and discrimination.

 

The protesters targeted Officer Joseph Cormier, whom several residents claimed has lied in police reports, falsified speeding ticket information and beaten a local resident without reason. And Reverend Raymond Brown says it's time to stop.

“Police brutality, police harassment, police intimidation do exist in Rayne, and what we want to do is to give the police chief a chance to rule it out.””

 

Rayne Police officials were unaware of the protest until the group formed at the department's offices.

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