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La. to Pay For Officer's Use of Excessive Force on Former Officer

The Associated Press

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The city must pay $10,000 to a former police officer who was hit twice on the back of his legs by a police officer during an incident in 2003, a judge ruled Monday.

District Judge Scott Crichton awarded the amount after ruling last month that Cpl. Janet Dailey used excessive force in detaining Marshall Nelson, a former Shreveport officer and police chief at Southern University-Shreveport.

On March 20, 2003, Nelson was parked behind a supermarket at about 9 p.m. talking on his cellular phone when Dailey saw him. She thought Nelson was waiting to rob a business in the high-crime area.

Dailey testified that Nelson refused to tell her his name and where he worked. At that point, Dailey said she ordered Nelson out of his car and attempted to frisk him for weapons.

The officer said Nelson refused to follow her commands, so she hit him twice on the back of his legs with her baton.

The officer's dashboard camera caught most of what the two said to each other. The videotape, which was used as evidence, was not pointed in direction of the incident.

Crichton ruled it was unjustified and amounted to "wrongful and false arrest" to put Nelson in handcuffs.

Shreveport City Attorney Ramon Lafitte said he would review the decision before deciding whether to appeal.

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