VIDEO: Louisiana Officer Doused, Hit In Back With 5-Gallon Bucket Of Water

Houma police said they plan to charge the unidentified attackers with felony battery on a peace officer.

Houma, LA – The New York Police Department (NYPD) isn’t the only law enforcement agency dealing with officers being attacked with buckets of water while out trying to protect and serve (video below).

Cell phone footage captured a Houma police officer being doused and struck in the back with a five-gallon bucket of water while he was responding to a noise complaint on July 7, Houma Police Sergeant Travis Theriot told WVUE.

The officer arrived to find hundreds of people involved in a “splash party,” and wanted to ensure that the event was wrapping up, Sgt. Theriot explained.

But some of the participants started yelling that the officer “was there to break up the party,” and began “shouting profanities and throwing water at him,” the sergeant said.

The crowd screamed and cheered as the lone officer was repeatedly doused, video footage showed.

The officer ultimately put his hands in the air and began casually walking away from the melee, but that did little to end the attack.

“They threw what appears to be a five-gallon bucket of water, which is extremely heavy,” Sgt. Theriot told WVUE.

The bucket struck the officer in the back, the video showed.

Although the officer backed away, he didn’t leave the area, and instead called for additional officers to respond.

“More units arrived and they were able to disperse the crowd and the party ended at that point in time because it was obvious it was getting out of hand,” Sgt. Theriot said. "There were people there that were very, very apologetic but, as far as the people that did this, we hope to identify them and bring them to justice.”

The sergeant said that those responsible will be charged with felony battery on a peace officer and disturbing the peace once they are identified.

“It’s really a shame that things have resorted to this type of behavior,” he added. “It’s really disheartening to believe people could be that disrespectful to someone that’s just out there trying to do their job.”

Dousing the officer “was definitely an act of disrespect and aggression,” Sgt. Theriot noted, adding that the officer “showed tremendous restraint and patience.”

But witness Quincy Callaway argued that the officer laughed at one point during the encounter, and blamed him for escalating the situation by calling for additional units.

“When you were out here enjoying yourself in the first couple minutes, it was all good, until you call back up,” Callaway declared. “You call back up and it was a different ball game but it was nothing but kids so, how are you going to arrest a kid? I don’t get it.”

Sgt. Theriot said that even if the officer had been laughing prior to being hit with the bucket, the mob never should have treated him that way in the first place.

“We understand people try to have fun and games, but when you start committing batteries on law enforcement, we can’t tolerate it,” Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman told KLFY.

Chief Coleman said he was thankful that the officer wasn’t injured when the heavy bucket struck him in the back.

“It could have caused some serious injury to the officer,” he added. “I commend him highly for showing restraint. But that doesn’t make it right. Those types of antics can only carry on so far.”

A series of similar attacks on police have also taken place in New York City.

On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted the NYPD for failing to respond when they were doused by unruly crowds, and said that their lack of action made them appear “impotent,” WAMC reported.

“The video of the cops getting doused with water and walking away was one of the most disturbing and embarrassing actions I’ve seen,” Cuomo told WAMC during a roundtable discussion on Monday.

“I don’t blame those officers – they were relatively new. I look to the training and the policies of the police department that would have instructed them to act that way,” the governor added.

Cuomo cast doubt on the ability of NYPD officers to protect the citizens if they couldn’t protect themselves.

“If a police officer is being assaulted, the police officer has to do something,” he said. “Because, by the way, if the police officer isn’t willing to defend himself or herself, how are they going to defend me? The training is off. It’s off!”

The governor pointed the finger at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio during his interview with WAMC.

“That is wholly unacceptable,” Cuomo ranted. “Forget the old days, law enforcement has to be respected. And when they show up they have to be respected. And the NYPD training – yes, sensitivity to the community needs, etc. – but I don’t know how we’re training police officers. How when you are basically assaulted – and that’s an assault – you retreat? You will make law enforcement impotent and that will hurt everybody.”

“You know the community needs law enforcement to be effective and to be respected, so it’s a two-way street,” the governor continued.

“The training has to be, you don’t turn around and get back in the car and drive away,” Cuomo said. “You literally make law enforcement ineffective and impotent and that hurts everyone.”

“You’re assaulted, you take the perpetrator into custody,” he said.

While the governor stopped short of saying de Blasio had done a bad job with the NYPD, he did make a comparison with the New York State Police.

“But I can tell you this, if that ever happened to the state police, I would bet ya my bottom dollar that you would not see state police officers assaulted and they turn around and get back in the car,” Cuomo told WAMC.

It's not clear how Cuomo would have felt if the water suspects resisted arrest and force needed to be used to take them into custody.

You can watch cell phone footage of the attack on the Houma police officer in the video below:

Comments (88)
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merlin9
merlin9

They like water? Next time, bring a water cannon, and show them what water is all about!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Hmm, maybe the Police and Fire Department bring a few water cannons or FD hoses and open them up and spray the lowlifes down., ........and maybe wait until October or March, ........and spray it right into their car windows. .........

.......What? wait , you animals don't think that funny ? ....Your not laughing now?

LEO0301
LEO0301

I thought to myself...self, I wonder what type of people would be involved in something like this? And then I watched the video and saw what I originally suspected. A crowd of @Hi_estCommDenomn 's behaving like they normally do. And of course when they are asked about it, they try to twist it like they were the victims. Typical of the breed. This is what happens when %75 of black children are raised in single parent households.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

He was laughing and walking away then felt embarrassed and called backup.

What a bitch. Once again, it's water.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Response time to their 911 problems.......well, quite some time.

chasenu
chasenu

"New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted the NYPD for failing to respond when they were doused by unruly crowds"? Had they responded the way they should have this POS Governor and the Mayor would have blasted them for overreacting and claimed police brutality. You can't have it both ways.

tfort
tfort

Stop being so sensitive. Have some fun with it, keep a Super Soaker in the car and join in. That would be great community out reach.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Hey Hi_estComnDenomn, you couldn't deal with what we have to deal with on a daily basis; you are a Coward. Join up; show us how it is done.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

As far as people saying stop being so sensitive, they are getting HIT IN THE HEAD with a f'ing bucket. Let me catch you going out while you are working and dump a bucket of water on your work clothes!! I tell you I thank God I am not out their because I would go nuts on they're punk asses

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

The fun part of this is afterwards, I'd patrol extra in that neighborhood, ticketing everyone for the most minor infractions. For a long time too. Within the law right?

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Can't help but notice that the same cast of characters (the 13%) are involved in all of these incidents. Until their community addresses the issue they have with a large position who feel they don't have to have any respect for law enforcement the problems they face will continue. They don't even respect those from their communities who have chosen to become LEO's so that they can help make a difference. In fact they don't even respect themselves by acting as decent human beings instead of a bunch of thugs.

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

Those kids have no respect for authority. I’m sure they are problems to their parents. It is the parents fault because of these kids showing disrespect like this. If all of them are not arrested for doing this, eventually they will be arrested for a felony and possibly serve time in jail. It’s the parents fault.

automan2302
automan2302

well it is so funny. they accuse Law enforcement of unnecessary force. The office trying to stop without force well what does the Governor say he not fit to be an officer. I tell you what Governors,police chiefs and rank make you your dam mind before you get officers killed waiting an extra second trying to decide weather it will be a good shoot or not .Praise all men in blue better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6

61mouse
61mouse

Throw some bannans and soap at "these" low lifes

Wish505
Wish505

and you are a prime example as to why the condom factories need to send out apology letters to replace birth certificates.

bill fuse
bill fuse

Doesn’t matter how big a bucket of water. 1 gallon of water weighs about 7 pounds or 35 pounds for a 5gallon bucket. You try taking a 7 pounder plus hit, in the back or any place else, and see if it hurts. LEO held his composure and Yes did laugh it off, to possibly keep the out of control situation from getting really out of control. Which it eventually did. Arrest, convict, imprison. And take away all ‘the free 13% stuff’. See how long before folks really need an LEO.

Mimi54
Mimi54

Oh hell no! Everyone is brave in a crowd. Nothing wrong walking away for protection and calling in back up, why not?

Ethananddrewsnana
Ethananddrewsnana

How sad you just set a new presence that it's okay to throw buckets of water at police officers, and you're not going to get in trouble for that. That's really good going. You're a bunch of idiots. And no wonder the punks do what they do because there's no consequences that follow it. You're disgusting.

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

Punks. Brats. I say arrest them for interfering in police business. That's still a law, right?