Reggie Hilts has been identified as the 31-year-old sergeant with the Abbeville City Marhsal’s bureau who cuffed and arrested Vermilion Parish teacher Deyshia Hargrave.
Hargrave, a Louisiana teacher, was arrested after speaking out during a school house assembly about the district superintendent’s compensate raise. She was taken out of a school house assembly in shackles on Monday, Jan 8.
Since the incident, Hilts has not seen a change in his practice status. According to the New York Times, Hilts is a emissary city organise but also works as a school apparatus officer in the Vermilion Parish School District. There is now a petition online called we Stand With Deyshia Hargrave that calls for Hilts’ job.
“The confidence guard, Reggie Hilts, followed her and then pushed her to the belligerent and put shackles on her. She pleaded with the officer to relax and hear her out but he was NOT having it! What he did was wrong and it NEEDS to be addressed,” the petition reads.
In the video, Hargrave is seen being asked to leave mixed times before Hilts intervenes.
School Board President Anthony Fontana pronounced that Hargrave was “interrupting the house meeting”, claiming that Hargrave would not concede such an movement in her classroom.
“She wouldn’t concede that to occur in a classroom, and now she’s going to lift that stunt. A house member was getting prepared to pronounce when she cut into him. That’s when the officer acted. we consider he acted properly,” Fontana said.
The Abbeville Police Department pronounced in a statement, “In response to the countless requests for the teacher’s engagement information, the Abbeville Police Department is auxiliary as destined by law. The Abbeville Police Department did not detain the teacher. Due to the plcae of her detain and the impediment agency’s jurisdiction, which includes the city boundary of Abbeville, she was booked in and connected from the internal police department.”
In a 5 to 3 vote, the Vermilion Parish school house upheld the opinion to boost Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s salary, which is what Hargrave was protesting.
Hargrave is reportedly seeking authorised recommendation at this time.