Senate committee to hold 5pm hearing at SUNO
Members of a Louisiana Senate committee will hold a hearing this evening on the campus of Southern University New Orleans into a February 10 police incident in the French Quarter.
The meeting of members of a Senate Judiciary Committee was called by Senator J.P. Morrell. It will be held at 5PM in the SUNO gymnasium.
Two teenagers standing in the 700 block of Conti Street were suddenly approached and forced to the ground by eight state troopers and an NOPD officer.
The mother of one of the teenagers, NOPD Officer Verna Hunt, confronted the officers to question them about what provoked the incident and the undercover quickly officers moved on.
According to Fox 8, state police say the teens were approached because they appeared to be in violation of the city's curfew law.
Accusations of racial profiling have been raised.
"This meeting is largely fact finding, and it will also be used to give the public an opportunity to tell the state troopers what they expect, what their issues are and what they want to see happen in this investigation," Morrell said in an interview with 99.5FM.
"People feel like there should be an independent inquiry beyond just the internal investigations of both the NOPD and the State Police," Morrell said.