Teen sues sheriff's office for $5 million from Mardi Gras incident
NEW ORLEANS - The family of a 17-year-old who was allegedly punched during a Mardi Gras weekend arrest has sued the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in federal court for $5 million.
Attorney David Belfield III says that's $1 million for each time Brady Becker was punched during an arrest in Metairie about 10 p.m. Feb. 13. Part of the incident was caught on a brief, widely seen cellphone video.
The lawsuit names Sheriff Newell Normand and Deputies Nicholas Breaux and Cory Porche as defendants.
Normand has yet to respond to the lawsuit. He has said Becker started the incident by pushing an officer who had turned to walk away.
Becker has a March 30 court appearance on charges of resisting arrest, inciting a riot and battery of a police officer.
He filed a complaint with the Sheriff's Office.
The FBI is investigating.
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