Detained officer on video following BCHS game sues PPSO, school employees
The probation officer who was tackled and detained by Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and Belle Chasse High School employees on the BCHS football field after allegedly brandishing a taser at school employees following a football game is suing the PPSO and Plaquemines Schools for $1 million.
Douglas C. Black filed a civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging he was trying to defuse tensions between the BCHS and Landry-Walker High School football teams in his capacity as security for LWHS following a Nov. 8 game. Cell phone video shot by Belle Chasse fans in the bleachers was circulated on local media following the incident showing PPSO deputies and BCHS employees forcefully taking Black to the ground with one deputy swinging a collapsible baton at Black’s legs. After news of the incident circulated, eyewitnesses on the field claimed that Black drew his taser without identifying himself as law enforcement and pointed it at several individuals and was forcefully detained after he refused to holster the weapon.
After an investigation, PPSO issued an arrest warrant for Black on Nov. 21 charging him with aggravated assault and battery for allegedly shoving BCHS employees and resisting PPSO deputies during the incident.
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