Iberia

Oct 7, 2013 7:42 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Riot Following Sugarcane Festival, New Iberia Residents Hold News Conference

Many are still fired up in New Iberia over the violence that followed this year's Sugarcane Festival. Several community leaders and residents claim Iberia Parish deputies instigated the riot.

New Orleans Civil Rights Activist Raymond Brown shouted "What do you want?" The crowd shouted back, "justice!"

Family members say their loved ones didn't start the riot, and want all the charges dropped.

"My daughter, she's totally different now, like staying secluded in the room," said Aundrea Moore, whose daughter Ladaedrea Moore was arrested. "Every time she sees the police, she's scared and terrified. I don't want my baby living like that."

According to the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, one deputy is on leave while an internal investigation is underway. Sheriff Louis Ackal called for that investigation, even though an official complaint hasn't been filed. Ackal could not comment any further, citing a personnel matter.

In the arrest affidavits for those involved deputies say when they tried to clear the roadway the suspects became combative, cursed at them, and one of them even began issuing threats. Deputies say during the arrests, the crowd also began throwing bottles at them. However, the three suspects deny those claims


"We have a right to petition our government, we have a right to protest. We have a right to let them know we are being abused," Brown said.

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