BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge resident alleges that he was assaulted by law enforcement officers during a protest.

Brandon Erp filed a complaint on May 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against the city of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Carl Dabadie Jr. and Sid J. Gautreaux III alleging deprivation of civil rights.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 9, 2016, he was brutally tackled and beaten by police officers while peaceably protesting the death of Alton Sterling. The suit states that he was arrested and held at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on an outstanding warrant and released on July 13, 2016.

The plaintiff alleges that he suffered personal injuries, anxiety, emotional trauma, loss of liberty, lost wages and medical expenses. The plaintiff holds the city of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Dabadie Jr. and Gautreaux III responsible because the defendants allegedly arrested plaintiff without probable cause and denied to provide medical care during his incarceration.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages, costs and attorneys’ fees, in amounts to be proven at trial and such other declaratory and injunctive relief. He is represented by Roy J. Rodney Jr. and John K. Etter of Rodney & Etter LLC in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:17-cv-00323

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U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
777 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Rodney & Etter LLC
365 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

City of Baton Rouge
222 St Louis St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5823

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
8900 Jimmy Wedell Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70807

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