Settlement in state police handcuffing of black teen

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana State Police and a black Indiana man who was beaten and locked up in the French Quarter of New Orleans, when he was a teenager, in 2015, have settled a federal lawsuit.

Lyle Dotson’s suit alleged that he was illegally beaten and detained by troopers during a visit to New Orleans as a 17-year-old high school. He initially lost on most of his claims, but in June, U.s. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled that he was entitled to a new trial because of racial discrimination in the selection of the jury.

The son of a Ball State architecture professor, Dotson was in the city in October 2015, with his father’s architecture class on a field trip.

During the workshop’ stop to see the courtyard of Pat O’brien’s bar, Dotson son could not enter, because he was too young. The teen agreed with the group at the bar is provided with a back, but I lost.

He was stopped by troopers and, according to Morgan June opinion, he was beaten while they checked his driving licence. When a trooper tried to take a picture of Dotson, the teen did not consent, and a struggle ensued. He was imprisoned briefly.

An assault case against Dotson was eventually dismissed.

Terms and conditions of the scheme have not yet been made public.

Dotson lawyer on Tuesday praised his decision to pursue the lawsuit. The head of state police said Tuesday night the department of state by the troopers involved.

Col. Kevin Reeves said the jury that first heard the case “to find that Dotson sustained no damage” as a result of the encounter.

“The decision to settle this claim was a business decision to terminate the continued cost associated with litigation,” Reeves’ e-mail statement said. He said that the scheme is not a recognition of liability.

“Lyle demonstrated his integrity, courage and strength of character in his willingness to come back to New Orleans to take on the challenge of the oppressive state police tactics in court,” says Jim Craig, an attorney for Dotson.

Craig, Louisiana director of the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, said in an e-mail that Dotson is now a student in the Ball State School of Fine Arts. He will use the money to pay for his education.

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