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Another lawsuit filed against Ville Platte

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Another resident has filed suit against Ville Platte in the wake of a Department of Justice report that cited local police and sheriff's deputies for holding uncooperative witnesses in jail without charging them. 

The suit, filed by the same Philadelphia and New Orleans firms who have filed previous, similar suits, names the City of Ville Platte, as well as the police chief and mayor, claims that a citizen named Steveniski Frank Sr. was booked on felony charges in April 2014. Two and a half years later, the charges were dismissed for lack of evidence, the suit claims. 

The suit claims that both a Ville Platte detective and a prosecutor with the District Attorney's office told Frank that they knew he hadn't committed the crime, but he was nevertheless held in jail and forced to make "false and incriminating statements," the suit claims. 

The suit mirrors one filed by the same firms back in February. To read our story about that suit, click here. That suit is still pending and has not yet been set for trial. Another suit on the so-called "investigated holds," filed by a Ville Platte firm in July, also is pending. 

We first reported about the DOJ investigation in 2015. To read that story, click here

To read our story about the results of the investigation, click here

To read the lawsuit filed by Frank, see below. 

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