Community activist reacts to store clerk accused of hitting person on the head with a bottle

A store clerk faces charges in New Iberia after police say he hit a customer on the head with a bottle.

It happened Wednesday at a store on Hopkins Street. Detectives say the store clerk was arrested on a warrant for second degree aggravated assault and battery.

Police, who characterize the customer as a victim, said they were asked to count the money given to the cashier, when he got angry and hit the plexiglass shield on the counter.

“Hitting him on the head with a bottle is just blatant and drastic,” said community activist Donavon Davis.

Davis says the clerk could have taken a different approach to defuse the situation.

“When he came around his trading post, he should have lectured him harshly and told him how long he was going to put him on probation for him to return to the store,” Davis added.

The incident was filmed and shared on Facebook.

Police say the victim was taken to hospital with injuries and was later released. This person is not facing any charges, but some who have seen the video say it is surprising.

“He should also be charged with disturbing the peace. They should both be charged in our city court, ”Davis said.

Now Davis, along with other community activists, plans to remedy the incident.

“We can develop a mini-forum to talk about it. They have to take the initiative to do it, it won’t happen overnight. You have to be practical and you have to be purposefully practical,” Davis said.

The clerk is currently being held at Iberia Parish Prison.

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