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Mar 8, 2011 12:11 PM by AP News

Parade Melee: Officers Injured, 12 Arrests

An unauthorized Carnival parade triggered a melee that injured six police officers and resulted in 12 arrests, police said Tuesday.

The Sunday night incident started after dispatchers received calls that about 200 people were marching and playing music in the Faubourg Marigny section of the city, near the French Quarter, police said.

Police said that the group was ordered to disband because participants did not have the required parade permit. According to police, some people threw bottles and bricks at officers and tires on two police vehicles were slashed.

The Times-Picayune said the crowd was a loosely knit marching group calling itself the Krewe of Eris.

The six officers were treated at area hospitals, police said. The 12 people arrested were booked on charges of criminal damage to property, aggravated battery on a police officer, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

Emily Ratner, a Loyola University law school student who said she was in the parade told the newspaper police began to follow the group shortly after it began its parade. She said police then pulled in front of the group and grabbed a man, telling him, "You don't have a permit."

Ratner said tension escalated and police pulled guns and deployed stun guns on several marchers. Police would not say if stun guns were used. Ratner said the group, formed six years ago, has had previous run-ins with police.

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