BATON ROUGE — Today, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections officials began the termination process of an employee for punching an offender while on duty.

BATON ROUGE — Today, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections officials began the termination process of an employee for punching an offender while on duty.
St. Gabriel Police Detectives booked the corrections cadet with simple battery. Video from surveillance cameras at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel show 23-year-old Eric Lands of Baton Rouge repeatedly hitting an offender while on duty Sunday at the prison.
Immediately after learning of the incident, the Louisiana Department of Public safety and Corrections notified St. Gabriel Police Detectives and began an internal investigation. Surveillance cameras captured the altercation, which occurred while Lands was escorting the offender back to his cell. Eyewitnesses say it began when the offender spit in Lands’ face.
Lands has been a corrections cadet since July 25, 2016. He met or exceeded all Department requirements to be hired as a corrections cadet, including a criminal background check. Because Lands is a probationary employee, Civil Service rules allow for immediate separation.