Ascension Parish jail fight video posted to social media, corrections officer fired

Staff Report
An Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office vehicle is shown in a file photo.

A surveillance video of a fight inside the Ascension Parish Jail was released on the social media platform Instagram, eventually leading to the firing of a corrections officer accused of leaking the footage.

WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge published a 10-second video which appears to show individuals dressed in orange fighting over a door.

The television station reported that the sheriff's office released a statement the morning of Sept. 1, stating investigators were reviewing how the video was taken and who released it.

Reportedly, the department was also looking into the fight, which appeared to involve several individuals.

According to a WAFB-TV report, no corrections officers or inmates were injured. The article also reported Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre found out about the video on Aug. 29.

On Sept. 2, a department statement reported corrections officer Matthew Hall recorded the surveillance video with his cell phone. The video was later shared to social media, which is a violation of department policy.

The Ascension Parish Jail is located on the west bank near Donaldsonville.