- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 17-year-old who was allegedly punched during a Mardi Gras weekend arrest by a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office detective now faces misdemeanor charges, according to court records.

The Times-Picayune/Nola.com reports (https://bit.ly/1PbX0un ) that Brady Becker faces misdemeanor charges filed in Jefferson Parish on Oct. 15. The newspaper reported Friday that the charges against Becker - remaining after forbidden, resisting an officer and disturbing the peace - are detailed in a bill of information.

Becker has sued the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in federal court for more than $5 million.

The charges against Becker stem from a Feb. 13 incident, which was captured on cell phone video, in which Detective Nicholas Breaux punched Becker in the face several times during his arrest.

Becker was arrested and booked with inciting a riot, resisting an officer, battery of a police officer and possession of alcohol by a person under 21.

Becker accused Breaux of using excessive force, saying he and Detective Cory Poche did not identify themselves as law enforcement officers and attacked him without provocation. Becker’s family filed a civil lawsuit in federal court.

The FBI also opened an investigation into Breaux’s actions, and determined there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute the officer.

The bill of information says Becker remained in the Lakeside Mall parking lot after Breaux and Poche told him to leave. It also says Becker “did intentionally interfere with, oppose or resist, or obstruct” the officers.

The bill of information also accuses Becker of “using obscene language” and “appearing in an intoxicated condition in such a manner as would foreseeably disturb and alarm the public.”

Becker is scheduled to appear in court next month to be arraigned on the charges. A federal judge has issued a stay in his civil case.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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