NEW ORLEANS — Tangipahoa Parish residents are suing Brandon McBee, Jon-Rene Sanjurjo, Jessica Murray and Sheriff Daniel Edwards and deputies, citing alleged false arrest and false imprisonment.

Travis Seals and Ali Bergeron filed a complaint on October 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging that the defendants violated the U.S. Constitution and Louisiana law.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege Seals was detained for questioning without an arrest warrant that on Dec. 24, 2015. The defendants entered his home where they allegedly physically seized and handcuffed him. He was also purportedly pepper-sprayed in the face and eyes. Bergeron was put in the back of a police car for allegedly objecting to the deputies’ conduct. The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible for allegedly using unreasonable and excessive force. They also accuse Edwards of failed to properly train and supervise his deputies.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants jointly, severally and in solido for general and special damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, costs, interest and other recoverable damages. They are represented by Kearney S. Loughlin of Kearney S. Loughlin Law Office in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-14837

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