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NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — Protesters in Lousiana rallied outside the Iberia Parish courthouse for more than two hours calling for the sheriff to resign.

The Advocate reports ( more than 100 adults and children prayed, chanted, registered citizens to vote Wednesday and decried Sheriff Louis Ackal’s administration, which for the last few years has been overshadowed by reports of brutality of inmates.

Ackal and his leading lieutenant, Gerald Savoy, were indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations of inmate abuses.

Eight deputies already have pleaded guilty to their roles in the beatings and admitted to punishing those inmates in the chapel because there were no cameras there to capture the abuse, which deputies inflicted with batons.


Information from: The Advocate,