NEW ORLEANS — The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is pleased after a judge recently dismissed a
civil-rights lawsuit against it following a New Orleans man’s
claims that he was physically attacked during an arrest.
District Judge Carl Barbier on March 16 dismissed Shane Gates’
civil-rights case against the Sheriff’s Office and other
organizations, the Times-Picayune reported.
He claimed that deputies pushed his face into a road after
handcuffing him. Barbier said Gates did not appear in state court
after his 2006 arrest and receiving misdemeanor charges of allegedly
driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest and felony charges of
an aggravated flight from an officer.
In 2012, a 12-person jury
found Gates not guilty of the felony. But his civil-rights lawsuit
was paused in lieu of the misdemeanor charges.
“We were pleased
the court dismissed the lawsuit,” Mandeville attorney Chadwick
W. Collings, who represents the Sheriff’s Office and its
employees, told the Louisiana Record.
But it does not look
like it will end there.
Gates, who included the Louisiana
attorney general’s office, the district attorney’s office and the
clerk of court’s office in the lawsuit, made further claims that
the district attorney’s office wanted to keep the misdemeanor
charges against him in order to win a conviction “to protect the
sheriff’s insurance carrier and his $500,000 deductible” along
with the intentions to “cover up federal and state crimes committed
by the sheriff and his attorneys,” The
said of Gates' allegations against the Sheriff’s Office that he is
familiar with the claims and is unaware of any evidence to support
“I believe Judge Barbier looked at
the law and applied it correctly in this case. [Gates] is a fugitive
and has been for three years,” Collings said.
Gates and his
attorney, John Hollister, have
said they have plans to file an appeal.
“We will certainly
look at whatever Mr. Gates’ attorney files, and the sheriff will
respond accordingly,” Collings said.
Hollister was unavailable
to comment on the case.
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