BATON ROUGE – The sister of a deceased East Baton Rouge Parish man has filed suit against members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Department over allegations that excessive force caused the man's death.
Spears, as representative of the estate of Travis Stevenson, filed a
complaint on Feb. 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District
of Louisiana against East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sidney J. Gautreaux
III, Lt. Michael Birdwell, detective Shannon Broussard, et al.
alleging that they violated the Fourth Amendment of the U.S.
Constitution to be free from excessive force.
According to the
complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in Feb. 23, 2016, due to defendant
officers' use of excessive force against plaintiff's brother Travis
Stevenson, he died from multiple gunshot wounds to his head and body.
The suit states that officers were responding to Stevenson's
girlfriend's 911 call that Stevenson had sprayed her and her child with
pepper spray and had fled the residence. According to the suit, deputies
found Stevenson in his vehicle near an apartment building on Smith
Street and blocked him in, and then Stephenson accelerated his vehicle to
strike a deputy's SUV.
The plaintiff holds Gautreaux III,
Birdwell, Broussard, et al. responsible because although purportedly no defendant
deputies were in imminent danger, one or more of them allegedly fired at
least 20 rounds on decedent's vehicle and directly at his head.
plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks award for general, punitive
and exemplary damages; costs of this suit; and such other relief as the
court may deem just and proper. She is represented by Michael T. Bell of Baton Rouge and J. Christopher
Alexander of Baton Rouge.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:17-cv-00105