Ardoin v. City of Eunice, NO. 6:09-CV-2180, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55020, 2011 WL 1979710 (W.D. La. 2011).  Excessive force lawsuit alleging excessive force by Officer Cram (also listed as Crum).  In the opinion, the court notes that Officer Cram had not been to a police academy.  Apparently in Louisiana, a police department can put a badge and a gun on a person, say to him: “go police”, and it is OK.  That is incredibly stupid and dangerous, and way below the professional standards of any reasonable agency.  According to the Eunice Today newspaper, the suit was dismissed under confidential terms.  In other words, considering the city lost its motion to avoid trial, they settled and paid off Ardoin.  It’s kind of hard to go to trial and claim that you didn’t use excessive force when you haven’t even been trained on what is the proper use of force.

Byers v. City of Eunice, 157 F. Appx. 680 (5th Cir. 2005).  False arrest lawsuit alleging that Detective Pappillion told a jail inmate what to say to implicate N’Yichi Byers of theft.  The inmate later recanted and Byers was acquitted of the charges.  Byers could not corroborate the inmate’s story and the court granted the officer’s motion for summary judgment (MSJ).  Personally, I think this was a mistake, the court is supposed to accept the facts most favorable to the nonmovant in a MSJ hearing, which means there would be a fact question for a jury.

Savoy v. St. Landry Parish Council, No. 08-CV-232, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111253, 2009 WL 4571851 (W.D. La. 2009).  Excessive force lawsuit.  The plaintiff suffered a broken nose, which was documented by a CT scan.  The jail refused or failed to send him back for an ENT doctor to treat his nose.  The case was dismissed because he filed 25 days after the statute of limitations had expired.  I’m not saying that Savoy doesn’t belong in jail, he was accused of kidnapping his estranged wife and his children, fleeing police at speeds of 100 mph, and jumping off a bridge into a basin to try and escape.

Law v. City of Eunice, 626 So. 2d 575 (La. Ct. App. 1993).  Detrimental reliance on promise of police lawsuit.  Thomas Law entered into a signed contract with officer Kent Moody that the police would drop a burglary charge against Law if Law paid $4,000, turn over incriminating evidence against himself, and assisted in arresting a drug dealer.  Law took out a loan on his house, paid $4,000 to Moody and helped the police arrest a major drug dealer.  Moody then went ahead and filed the burglary charge anyway, using the evidence that Law turned over.

Out of all of these cases, the most appalling case is the first one listed.  It is simply unthinkable that a city would hand an untrained individual a badge and a gun and tell him to go enforce the law.

 

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