Sep 21, 2010 9:24 PM by Alison Haynes

Judge rules no rights violation in bridge blockade

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - 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 plaintiffs 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.


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