The police officer who became famous in the recent viral video where he handcuffed and arrested a Louisiana teacher during a school board meeting was sued in 2012 for excessive force against a 62-year-old man, according to court records.
Reginald Hilts was accused, along with another officer, of shoving retired police officer Bruce Falcon, 62, up against a building and slamming his head on a concrete slab during a city ordinance dispute about overgrown grass on a lot in September 2011, reported NBC News.
Hilts is now an Abbeville City deputy, but was an officer with the Scott Police Department during the 2011 assault.
Falcon told NBC News that Hilts “was very aggressive.” He said, “Officer Hilts then grabbed me and shoved me into the building.”
Falcon was handcuffed by the abusive officer before being taken to the hospital for “serious injuries.”
The city eventually settled the lawsuit for $215,000.
Hilts only worked for the Scott PD from April to November of 2011, and then was fired from the Scott Police Department for reasons unrelated to the lawsuit, Scott Police Chief Chad Leger told NBC News. As usual, he faced no criminal charges for assaulting the 62-year-old man.
Hilts handcuffed and arrested teacher Deyshia Hargrave during a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting on Monday after she questioned the superintendent’s raise.