NOPD and its Problems with the First Amendment

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 in NOPD

Recently, the Tulane Law Clinic along with the ACLU filed suit against the New Orleans Police Department on accounts of wrongfully arresting two men during the Carnival season of 2007. The two were videotaping police actions, and when the officers realized this, they overextended their powers and arrested both men. Yet the March verdict of this case ended with a seven-person jury rejecting the claim of these men.

The ACLU has collected some 15 accounts of police officers abusing citizens’ first amendment rights from people in the New Orleans area during the last five years. They desire a change and better education of the officers by the new department leaders, especially superintendent Serpas, to ensure that all officers do not disenfranchise citizens of their rights protected under the Constitution.

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