LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - A St. John the Baptist Sheriff's deputy is speaking out after a FOX 8 investigation pinpointed his actions caught on a jail surveillance camera. It sparked arguments between a former sheriff and the current sheriff in the parish.
Graylin Burl was caught on camera tasing a man he arrested while he was being strapped into a restraining chair.
“I'm not an expert in Taser, Taser guidelines, but I do know it's a compliance tool and at that time that I used it, he complied,” Burl said.
The director of training for the parish wrote in an email that the use of force went against training guidelines. Burl was ultimately suspended for 12 hours following the internal investigation, but was simply reprimanded for using foul language.
“He knows why he was terminated with my administration. We don't need to keep continuing on this. Burl is a bad hire, he was a bad hire on your behalf,” Jones said to Tregre over the phone.
While Jones believes as long as Burl is on the force he'll be a detriment to the community, Burl himself is confident he can succeed.
“After you aired your story, people in the store came and shook my hand. They said, ‘Graylin we know who you is.’ You know me as Deputy Graylin Burl, but I am Reverend Graylin Burl to other people. They said 'Rev, we know that’s not you. We know it has more to do with that,'” Burl said.