Feb 26, 2013 7:45 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Dr. Glenn Stewart, the man accused of punching a woman before the Independent Parade rolled last year, is suing the Lafayette Police Department and Lafayette Consolidated Government. The lawsuit claims Stewart, a former cancer doctor, was falsely arrested, falsely imprisoned, and among other claims was maliciously prosecuted.
Stewart was charged with felony second degree battery for allegedly punching Erin May Fitzgerald unconscious, but the lawsuit says Stewart was just defending himself. It all started with Stewart's float that ran in the parade. It featured a large cutout of Fitzgerald's stepmother, Cherry Fisher May, one of the Independent Weekly Publishers. A banner pinned to the side of the float mentioned her DUI charge. Police said Fitzgerald tried to remove the banner.
According to the lawsuit, Stewart walked off the float to see what was happening and was "bull rushed" by Fitzgerald and her stepfather, John St. Julien. "The fracas between Dr. Stewart and the Fitzgerald-St. Julien conspiracy has every indicia of being pre-planned, preconceived, and completely contrived scheme whereby Ms. Fitzgerald and Mr. St. Julien south to implicate Dr. Stewart in a criminal act," attorneys Christopher Alexander and Stephen Spring II said in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims Stewart was defending himself after St. Julien hit him with a camera lens and pushed him in the chest. The suit states that Fitzgerald raised a pair of scissors "and approached Dr. Stewart in a threatening manner."
Stewarts attorneys claims the responding officer conducted a shoddy investigation and refused to interview two witnesses who would have told police that Stewart acted in self defense. The case was turned over to a detective, who according to the suit, "purposely engaged in a faulty and deficient investigation."
Attorneys Spring and Alexander allege Fitzgerald, St. Julien, the Fitzgeral-St. Julien conspiracy, Joey Durel. LCG Chief Administrative Office Dee Stanley and/or Police Chief Jim Craft "conspired together with the detective and/or officer to falsely report Dr. Stewart's purported criminal misconduct in an effort to cause and effect Dr. Stewart's false arrest and malicious prosecution."
The lawsuit seeks damages for embarrassment and humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish and anxiety, lost wages, and among other things, medical, hospital, doctor and related expenses.