In what seems like a scene out of the movie “The Big Easy,” New Orleans police are accused of beating and using a taser on Steven Elloie on June 23, 2006 and then losing the critical police tape showing the incident. The two officers, Jason Samuel and Hans Ganthier, are defendants in another such brutality case that occurred at another bar on Mardi Gras.
Elloie’s family owns the Sportsman’s Corner bar and has done so for more than 30 years. The family says that the NOPD was looking for two guys in white teeshirts, but no one in white teeshirts was in the bar. They said that Elloie was beaten, tased, handcuffed, and arrested. He was charged with resisting arrest, but (after making the family do repeatedly to court) the NOPD officers simply did not show up (leading to the charges being dropped).
They are now suing with the help of the ACLU.
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