Iberia

Oct 4, 2013 2:42 PM by Dwayne Fatherree, KATC TV-3

Mother sues Iberia sheriff over teen's Sugarcane Fest arrest

The mother of a teen who was seen being arrested in an online video following last weekend's Sugarcane Festival has filed suit against the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Louis M. Ackal and four of his deputies. The woman claims her daughter was verbally assaulted then physically slammed to the ground without cause.

The lawsuit was filed this morning in the 16th District Court in New Iberia. In it, Aundrea L. Moore says her daughter, Ladaedrea Moore, was walking down Hopkins Street when she saw police arresting Chris Butler. The lawsuit says she attempted to call out to Butler to ask if he needed her to contact his family. Instead of a reply from Butler, the lawsuit claims a deputy called her a derogatory term, slammed her to the ground and purposely over-tightened handcuffs on her wrists. The suit then claims she was lifted and dropped again, knocking her unconscious.

Following the release of the video, one deputy was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is ongoing. Deputies say following a riot on Saturday they called in extra police presence on Sunday. The sheriff's office says they requested help from several agencies to make sure everyone stayed safe.

According to arrest affidavits from the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies were trying to clear the roadway when several people resisted, causing a riot.

The lawsuit claims Moore is suffering from injuries to her neck, head, arms, back, left knee, jaw, and wrist and also continues to experience headaches daily. The suit is seeking a list of damages, including damages for assault and battery, inflicting mental and emotional distress, failure to provide medical care, false charges and false arrest, and punitive damages.

According to Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Ryan Turner, because the investigation is ongoing the Sheriff's Office will not comment on the lawsuit.

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