Timothy Miller, a Black Louisiana cop, has been charged with aggravated violence and officer malfeasance after reportedly tasing a defendant who called him a racist slur during an arrest in September.
Miller was arrested and charged on Friday, Oct. 29, according to legal records obtained by KNOE-TV, “in connection with Miller’s use of a Taser on a subject during an arrest on September 24, 2021,” the City of Monroe stated in a statement.
Miller is said to have repeatedly urged the man, whose identity has not yet been revealed, to come into his patrol vehicle during the confrontation. The individual, however, refused and attempted to hand over their phone to a nearby person, according to the complaint.
After Miller allegedly pulled his Taser, the suspect allegedly climbed into the car and began hurling racial obscenities at the officer. Miller allegedly tased the individual in response. It’s still unclear what the guy said to the cop once he sat inside the vehicle.
According to the News-Star, the law enforcement officer was placed on a three-day leave on Sept. 27 while the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated Miller’s use of force.
Although he acknowledged the difficulties of the job and the challenging situations officers face “every time they put on the uniform and are forced to react in tense, evolving circumstances,” Monroe Police Chief Victor Zordan said in a statement that he expects “nothing less than the highest levels of professionalism and integrity from our officers in the performance of their duties.”
“I will continue to hold officers responsible to these standards and, if required, take action to ensure that those standards are met,” he said.
In a message to the television station, Mayor Friday Ellis shared the same thoughts. “While I appreciate the hard work and dedication of our officers who dedicate their lives to maintaining our safety, I expect all officers to follow the law. Officers, like any other citizen, will be held accountable if they transgress outside those parameters.”