- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A legal battle over a 2007 incident that started with a noise complaint and ended with a police officer being sent to prison may finally be reaching its conclusion.

A state appellate court ruled last week that Baton Rouge is financially responsible for the actions of one of its former officers, the Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1cVMiJo). The three-judge panel agreed with a judge’s prior reversal that the city-parish is liable for $239,000 after a case of police brutality.

The Parish Attorney’s Office said it will ask the Louisiana Supreme Court to review the latest ruling.

Former Baton Rouge resident Brian Townsend said that a forceful tackle by former officer Nathan Davis caused Townsend to rupture his bladder. Davis had been investigating an anonymous complaint about loud music and tackled Townsend outside of his home.

The city-parish had argued Davis’ action did not occur during the course and scope of his job. A jury agreed with that argument in 2013, but a state district judge overturned that finding later that year.

Davis pleaded guilty in 2009 to violating Townsend’s civil rights and was sentenced to more than six years in prison. Davis’ attorney said the former officer is no longer behind bars.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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