Many of our regular readers know that a former Lake Charles police officer was recently indicted for allegedly using excessive force while making an arrest. Forty-four-year-old Robert Hammac is accused of assault with a Taser nearly two years ago.
A federal grand jury in Lafayette indicted Hammac on a single count of deprivation of rights under color of law.
News sources reported that Hammac was the 2016 recipient of the Lake Charles Police Department’s Humanitarian and Lifesaving awards.
Hammac was hired last year as a police officer in Moss Point, Mississippi. After the news of his indictment spread, he was given the choice to either resign or face termination, according to a news report. He chose resignation.
According to the indictment, the person who Hammac used the Taser on back in May of 2017 sustained an injury as a result.
A Biloxi, Mississippi newspaper reported that Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley said there have been no complaints filed against Hammac in his “eight or nine months” with the police force there. Ashley also disclosed that Lake Charles officials reported no problems with Hammac.
Lake Charles authorities said Hammac “was eligible for rehire,” Ashley said, adding that “we had no clue about this (allegation of excessive force) until the indictment came out. None of it came up in his background.”
If convicted on the charge, Hammac faces the possibility of up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
In this case, the former officer’s career and freedom are both at risk. He should speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney before discussing the matter with a prosecutor or investigator.