Louisiana Sheriff’s Official Receives Minor Charge After Assaulting Police Officer


Assaulting a police officer is a crime that earns special attention and sentencing from prosecutors and judges – unless, of course, the person doing the assaulting has special privileges that come with a badge. After shoving a Brusly police officer during a traffic stop in a drunken rage, Ronnie Graham was issued a mere misdemeanor summons for simple battery. While most people would likely face felony charges for assault on a police officer, Graham happens to be a Major at the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

It all took place Sunday night after Graham’s daughter was pulled over by Brusly police for driving with a single working headlight. Also in the car was her mother and boyfriend. Her mother decided to step out the car to let them know her husband was a high-ranking sheriff’s official.

She ended up in handcuffs.

According to WAFB:

“I stepped out my patrol car and the passenger met me at my driver’s side door,” Zalfen wrote in his incident report. “At this time, I informed the passenger that I was detaining her for my safety. The passenger told me she was Nancy Graham, Maj. Ronnie Graham’s wife. I attempted to place handcuffs on Mrs. Graham and Mrs. Graham pulled away. I grabbed Mrs. Graham by her left wrist and turned her around and placed the handcuffs on Mrs. Graham.”

Graham has been with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office for nearly 30 years and currently is the chief of uniform patrol. Graham was not in the car that was stopped. His wife, daughter and his daughter’s boyfriend were in the car. Graham’s family called him at home to go to the scene after his wife ended up handcuffed by Zalfen. Graham had someone drive him to the scene, and when he arrived, he was furious.

“What the **** you put her in handcuffs for?” asked Graham.

“Whenever she got out of her vehicle, I told her to get back in her vehicle. I don’t know this lady,” said Zalfen.

Graham then shoved officer Chris Hogan as can be seen in the dash cam video. And Hogan pulled out his Taser.

But rather than get tased or jailed or killed, Graham was chauffeured off the scene by West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes, who showed up and explained that Ronnie had been drinking. It was Cazes who decided to charge him with simple battery.

For anyone without a police badge, be careful using “I’ve been drinking” as an excuse for cursing and assaulting police officers.

This story is just another reminder that the law is applied differently when you’re a member of the boys in blue. NYPD Officer Patrick Pogan received no jail time whatsoever after violently shoving a cyclist into the ground. A San Diego police detective received no jail sentence for a car crash in which he admitted he had been driving recklessly and under the influence. And of course, anyone with time and a search engine can find dozens of other cases of officers let off the hook – often with a paid leave of absence from the police – after committing battery, assault, and even murder.

The lesson – crime apparently does pay, as long as you’re a police officer.

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  • Fascist Slayer

    The absolute saddest part of this entire situation and video is that they didn’t just all kill each other. Truly sad.

  • rust

    This is why plebes hate Enforcers with a passion.

  • borderraven

    All the King’s men are exempt from all the laws the King imposes on his peasants. The 14th Amendment doesn’t apply to cops.

    • $910553

      Nor their Masters, either. Laws are for Mere Citizens.

    • Difdi

      Exactly right. The reason our system is called the Rule of Law is that it is Laws that rule us, not Kings. Under the old system, it was often physically impossible for a King’s man to commit murder, since the man acted in the name of the King and that King had the power to order anyone’s killing without breaking the law.

      By making classes of people (cops, prosecutors, judges, etc) above the law, the Rule of Law is weakened or even destroyed. That all are equal before the law, and that no one is above or below it, is the moral basis for our legal system. Without that moral basis, it comes down to might making right — and if might makes right, it’s not immoral to shoot first.

      It’s too bad someone can’t ask the judge/jury in that deputy’s upcoming trial (assuming the charges aren’t simply dropped before then) why someone who swore an oath to uphold the law, who holds a position of enormous public trust due to swearing that oath, gets charged with a much lesser crime than someone who didn’t swear an oath would get for committing the same act.

  • FtP

    God forbid we are all equal under the law.
    Start reading the comments from earliest to the latest if you want to see how the police treat a brother in blue DUI.


    • Accountability Missing

      Interesting insight into the police mindset.

      “I don’t condone DUI. BUT, no crash, no one else involved, he gets a ride home PERIOD.”

      “There are times when you have no choice ie: crash, injuries,ect. But to stop a brother who is being cooperative and discretion is available to you,you do the right thing.”

      ” Police officers deal with enough disturbing reality without having to worry about being arrested by one of their own for doing something that in all likelihood is a result of a work-related coping mechanism.”

      “Im with you bro, no harm no foul. Ride home, or a call to someone to get him.”
      And that’s just the first page of comments…

      • LibertyEbbs

        Damn you! I was making it a point to not go to PoliceOne after first reading about this tonight…now you went and brought that shit in here? Seriously though, that is an amazingly disgusting view into the minds of our zero-accountability-for-decades-on-end-new-professionalism-police right there, Fuck!!

      • Difdi

        As jobs go, garbage collector is several times more dangerous than police officer, in terms of both injuries on the job and deaths on the job. Garbage collection and disposal is also more necessary to society than police work — a citizen can arm himself and fight off a robber, but garbage-spawned microbes are unimpressed by bullets.

        The job of a garbage collector is much dirtier and more unpleasant than even the worst police work has to offer and they usually get paid less than police.

        They certainly have fewer privileges in society granted to them by their job. Garbage collectors don’t swear oaths to uphold the law either.

        And yet, all the people who cite how dangerous, unpleasant and hard police work is as reasons why police shouldn’t have to obey minor laws or get greatly reduced punishments look at you like you’re a crazy person if you suggest garbage collectors should get the same or even greater consideration.

      • borderraven

        It’s odd that a civilian, doing the right thing by walking home from a bar, would be cited for public intoxication, rather than given a ride home.

    • Accountability Missing

      The man reaching for his cane gets shot and commenters reveal the cop mindset that is the problem:

      “Deputy Knox, you did the right thing. Your responsibility to go home at the end of your shift is your priority and you upheld it.”


  • JeromeMac

    Even the cops on policeone are tearing into this sheriff dept. major. One of the few times that the people on this website and Carlos basically agree.

    • Frodo

      Oh, the irony

    • bj

      “But anyone who feels they *deserve* special treatment and are entitled
      to it has crossed the line. Don’t come here with your juvenile insults
      calling me or anyone else who decides to enforce the law a “rat.” Anyone
      who says they won’t back up another cop who enforces the law is the
      real POS, not the guy who does his job and exercises the SAME DISCRETION

      You gotta respect that position.

      Back to the story though….it sucks though that he got off light.

  • Pat Lane

    I think in many states, this would amount to misdemeanor assault. Many states don’t have a special “assaulting a police officer” charge.

  • dravo1

    This is called ‘preferential treatment’ and it’s disgusting, especially when given to a badge.

  • Florida_Native

    I’m still waiting for the so called investigation into the traffic homicide that killed Milton Olin last December 8th. Olin was an attorney and founder of Napster. A cop hit him in the bicycle lane killing him. They claim to be still investigating why the cop drifted into the bike lane. I suspect this is another one where they will come up with an excuse to exonerate the cop even though Olin was in no way at fault.

    • $910553

      Just as the FedPigs are trying to come up with a new way to spin the murder of that guy in Orlando by one of their FBI pigs when his fellow officers at the scene refused to corroborate his “testilying”…

  • sfmc98

    The sheriff used the redneck defense! I’m not sure if that works outside of Louisiana.

    • $910553

      It works almost anywhere with the Blue Wall. As long as it is used by one of their Brothers in Blue, that is…

  • goodoleboy

    This is known as “SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT” in police language.

  • LibertyEbbs

    With one law for you…and one for me…no justice, no rule, no law can there be.

    • $910553

      Well unless you are an Only One or one of their Masters, the law is the same for you as it is for me. But then again there are the Preferred Species, so…

      • LibertyEbbs

        That’s sorta the point I was trying to make with my little rhymey thingy. Our system is still a good one on paper; we have equal justice for all and rule of law as central themes of our governance, but in practice the vast majority of Americans have ceded so much power to legislators, judges, prosecutors, police, bureaucrats, etc. that this double standard has been reinforced, is known to exist, and is tolerated. We live under the rule of man but deny it at the same time. The dissonance results in a type of collective mental illness and apathy, which just adds more to the power of the protected class. Also, it really pisses me off.

  • zebra

    I don’t see any video