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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Former Lake Charles Police Officer Indicted for Using Excessive Force

Robert Hammac, 44, a former officer of the Lake Charles Police Department, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Lafayette, Louisiana, for using excessive force against an arrestee, announced Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph of the Western District of Louisiana. 

The indictment charges Hammac with a single count of deprivation of rights under color of law, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242. The indictment alleges that on May 8, 2017, Hammac assaulted G.T., an arrestee, using a Taser and resulting in bodily injury to G.T. 

If convicted, Hammac faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a $250,000 fine. 

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

The FBI conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Jamilla Bynog of the Western District of Louisiana and Trial Attorney Mary J. Hahn of the Civil Rights Division are prosecuting the case.

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Updated April 10, 2019