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Gretna Officer Robert Wallow

Gretna, Louisiana Officer Fired After Dashcam Caught Him Abusing Handcuffed Suspect

Gretna officer Robert Wallow

Former Louisiana Officer Robert Wallow was fired from the Gretna Police Department after a dashcam caught him kicking a handcuffed, unarmed suspect lying face-down on the ground.

Another incriminating video exposing police brutality in all its horror has surfaced. This time, the place is Lousiana, the organization is the Gretna Police Department, and the agent under scrutiny is Officer Robert Wallow.

A dashcam caught footage of Officer Wallow beating a man named Carlos Gustavo, a 21-year-old burglary suspect who, at the time of the incident, had been handcuffed and placed face-down on the ground.

Uncut.com’s Natan Wallman reports that the arrest, which can be seen in the video below, occurred on April 22. However, because Wallow’s lawyer did not report at the time that Gustavo was a victim of excessive force, the specific circumstances around the arrest remained buried. They were dug up only after Officer Wallow became a suspect in another case.

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Police Chief Arthur Lawson confirmed that, “It all had been documented. It just did not move as quickly as it should have.”

Initially, Wallow’s employer placed him on administrative leave before subsequently firing him. A criminal investigation was opened.

Having charged Wallow with battery and malfeasance, and swiftly terminating him from the force, Chief Lawson did not invite any congratulations on how his department rightly handled the situation, given how Officer Wallow’s behavior reflects poorly on the values police in Gretna, and across the country, are charged with upholding, Uncut reports.

“This is not one of the brightest days of the Gretna Police Department,” Lawson announced.

Kudos to Gretna for firing Wallow. It was the right thing to do, and we give credit where credit is due. However, there’s still a whole prosecution to go. We’ll see what message the Gretna judicial system sends to the law enforcement community at the end of those proceedings.


Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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