Judge rules no rights violation in bridge blockade
U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon has ruled in favor of the police in the lawsuit alleging constitutional rights violations on the part of the Jefferson Parish police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
WWL-TV reported Tuesday that Lemmon dismissed most of the claims against Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
The defendants alleged that police violated their constitutional rights by keeping them from crossing the Crescent City Connection to the Mississippi River's west bank in the days after the storm.
The judge found that the plaintiffs did not prove "an unreasonable restraint of liberty in violation of the Fourth Amendment." She also noted that the defendants were transported to Baton Rouge shortly after they were not permitted to walk across the bridge.