Bossier Parish jailer fired, accused of battery on inmate

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Jacob Gaines, 33, has been fired from his job as a jailer with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and is charged with second degree battery and malfeasance in office, accused of using excessive force on an inmate. (Source : Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office)

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A Bossier Parish deputy who worked at the parish jail has been fired and is facing criminal charges, accused of injuring an inmate.

The sheriff’s office confirmed Friday that 39-year-old Jacob Gaines is no longer employed as a jailer at the Bossier Medium Security Facility in Plain Dealing following a use of force investigation that led to his arrest.

According to BPSO, the incident happened in the early morning hours of Nov. 19. Sheriff’s office policy requires all use of force incidents to be reviewed to ensure proper procedures are administered.

“Investigators determined that back on Nov. 19 around 5:19 a.m. while working at the Medium Facility, Dep. Gaines used excessive and unnecessary force on an inmate incarcerated at that facility. While conducting their investigation, detectives also determined that Gaines provided statements inconsistent with the actions.”

“The public’s trust in how we perform our duties, whether on the streets or in our correctional facilities, is of utmost importance,” said Sheriff Whittington. “Upon learning of these allegations, our Corrections leadership and detectives conducted an immediate and thorough investigation. Transparency and consistency in how we as a law enforcement agency conduct ourselves are critical traits of professional public safety. On that, you have my commitment.”

Gaines is charged with second-degree battery and malfeasance in office. He was booked into Bossier Maximum Security Facility on those charges Thursday afternoon and has since been released on bond of $20,000 for each charge.

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