Adrian Slaughter says he is ready to move on with his life.
But a range of emotions from bittersweet to painful remain very much intact for the former Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Office captain one week after the state dismissed felony charges against him.
Slaughter – who worked 29 years in law enforcement – was arrested in March 2017 on 16 counts of payroll fraud and malfeasance in office on charges that he provided false information on timesheets about his hours working detail at Pointe Coupee General Hospital.
He still loves law enforcement but has not indicated if he will return to his career choice in another parish now that his charges have been dismissed.
In the immediate aftermath of the termination and charges that hung over his head for nearly four years, it’s not the job he wants back.
Instead, it’s his reputation. Even though he has been cleared of charges, Slaughter said he still feels the psychological scars.
“I feel my character has been scorned,” he said. “But I think throughout this it lifted me. I’ve been through a storm and I saw the light.”
Slaughter, a 29-year veteran of law enforcement, said it’s not the camaraderie that he wants back.
His background was military and law enforcement, and he credited the military duty for his success as a deputy who rose to the rank of captain.
Slaughter said he misses the days when he would help people – particularly adolescents – in his community.
“I was considered like the black version of Andy Griffith,” Slaughter said. “There were many times I’d get out of that black truck when I didn’t have a gun on me. It didn’t take a gun or a club or a taser for me to get someone’s attention.”
Slaughter said he may move back into youth league coaching, which was one of his greatest loves outside law enforcement.
He’s currently playing coach to young adults.
Slaughter now works at Nanya Plastics in Batchelor, a job that serves several purposes for him.
It obviously provides him a paycheck and health insurance for his family, something he lost upon his termination from PCPSO. In addition, it provides a source of guidance for the younger employees on his workforce.
“This job has been a blessing … God sent me here,” he said. “I’m doing the same thing at Nanya when it comes to young people.”
Slaughter said he could possibly go back to East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, where he enjoyed a close relationship with Sheriff Sid Gauthreaux.
It’s still too early to make a move back into law enforcement, he said.
“East Baton Rouge would love to have me back, but it would have to take some serious prayers with my pastor,” Slaughter said. “I’ve been scarred from politics.”
He said he kept the same smile even though many did not know the inner turmoil he endured.
“I’m grateful of the calls, but this is still a shock … I know it’s over, but the scars, the hurt and the embarrassment and attack on the character is still a shock,” Slaughter said. “It’s still hard to believe this is all over.”
He said he will use what he considers the most important tool to move forward – faith.
“In my stage in life, I want to be appreciated,” Slaughter said. “God is my quarterback now. Whatever play he calls for me, that’s the play I want to run.
“I know I’m confident I’m going to score,” he said. “No matter where you come from, God is in control.”