Jul 23, 2014 1:11 PM by KATC

Cooper will not face battery charges over incident with school board member

Lafayette Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper will not be charged with battery over an incident with School Board Member Tehmi Chassion.

In February, shouting could be heard from a closed-door meeting of the Lafayette Parish School Board. People could hear Chassion shouting, "No one puts their hands on me!"

Police were called after the meeting, though Cooper said at the time that he only placed his hands on Chassion's shoulders because Chassion was yelling at one of Cooper's employees.

City Attorney Gary Haynes said Lafayette Police did not arrest anyone when the incident occurred due to conflicting eyewitness statements. Police did, however, compile an investigative report on the matter.

The investigative officer's findings mirror that of Haynes, who said that the facts "will not reasonably result in a conviction."

"The prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the violator used force or violence, and the conflicting statements preclude such a finding," Haynes said.



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