The fabled good cop has had yet another run-in with Johnny Law proving that even good cops get it wrong sometimes. A former Martinville deputy, Codi Dodge, was handed down a sentence of nine years thursday in federal court on four felony counts for abuse of a suspect. He was convicted following a five-day trial in November for violating the civil rights of someone under arrest. He was found guilty of using excessive force which injured the individual and for obstructing justice and conspiring with others to do so.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lafayette revealed that the Martinville deputy forced his way into the home of a person he suspected had stolen from him. But he didn’t have any corroborating evidence to confirm his suspicion. Dodge threatened the man and struck him in the face with his gun. Yes, he pistol-whipped the man without evidence that the man stole from him. After the unprovoked lashing Dodge arrested the man and took him to the St. Martinville Police Department. Dodge threatened the man even more on the way to the station.
The incident was reported to the FBI. The bureau opened an investigation into Dodge. When he caught wind of the probe Dodge reached out to his colleagues at the department for help. It is reported officers helped Dodge falsify reports about the incident and gave misleading information to the FBI. Despite this revelation, no other officers have been brought up on charges.
In all, Dodge was convicted of four felony counts. He was found guilty of a civil rights violation for using excessive force against an arrestee along with “three counts of obstruction and conspiracy to cover up the incident,” said U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.
“Illegal conduct by officers who abuse their power and violate the civil rights of the citizens they promise to serve harms the public trust and will not be tolerated,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Gore said. “The department will continue to vigorously enforce our nation’s laws and hold officers who break the law accountable.”