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$275,000 Settlement to Louisiana Man for Excessive Force by Police

The police department in Lousiana’s St. James Parish has agreed to pay $275,000 to Daniel Moody, who claimed that police officer Andre Cavalier used excessive force when arresting him.

Cavalier had come to a residence where a group of recently graduated high school students had gathered. He was there to investigate a noise complaint. Moody had accompanied the group and apologized for the noise. Following an exchange of words, Cavalier “lost it.” “For absolutely no reason, Officer Cavalier sprayed Moody with pepper spray and beat him with a billy club,” said Moody’s lawyer, Andre Gauthier.

Cavalier then falsely arrested Moody on charges of disturbing the peace, battery of a police officer, and resisting arrest. A year and a half later, a doctor diagnosed Moody with sensory deficits in the left femoral sensory nerve. See: Moody v. Cavalier, USDC, M.D. La., No. 04-617-D-MJ.

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