Troopers cleared in French Quarter incident with teens

Troopers cleared in French Quarter incident with teens

Troopers cleared in French Quarter incident with teens

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Posted on April 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 4:25 PM

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NEW ORLEANS -- State Police have cleared troopers involved in a February incident caught on video, in which the officers beset upon two teenagers in the French Quarter.

Col. Mike Edmondson, the superintendent for State Police, said he found no wrongdoing in the incident.

A surveillance video later surfaced after Mardi Gras showing two black teens being approached and then pinned down by plain clothes law enforcement officers in the French Quarter.

Edmondson said the video of the troopers' confrontation with the teens was "unsettling," but no violations were found, adding that the teens were approached by troopers for a possible curfew violation, and their actions led to a justified take-down.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said he did not agree with the findings.

"Based on what I saw on the video tape, the State Police did not handle that incident in the right way. Based on what I have seen, I believe it was wrong," he said in a statement released by his office.

The video outraged community members who demanded answers and questioned the motive of the troopers, claiming that the teens were victims of racial profiling.

Teens were not racially profiled by state troopers, according to Edmondson, although youngsters and weapons were targeted in French Quarter during Carnival.

The teens were apparently waiting for a parent -- a New Orleans police officer -- who was picking up dinner nearby at a restaurant.

The teens in the video refused to be interviewed by State Police Internal Affairs, according to Edmondson.
 

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