Dec 14, 2009 11:23 AM by Rob Kirkpatrick

Opelousas Jail Death Update

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow says
he'll propose disciplinary action against an officer who was on
duty when an inmate was beaten to death in a cell earlier this
Gallow also is expected to release his report next month on
proposed safety measures at the city jail in response to the attack
on Brian G. Armstrong, who authorities say was beaten in his cell
by two other inmates in September.
Gallow said the disciplinary action against Lt. Mark Simien will
be for violating department policy, not for the death. He says
Simien was the shift supervisor on duty at the time of the incident
and failed to patrol the jail every half-hour. Simien was placed on
administrative suspension.


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