LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A settlement has resolved a federal lawsuit that accused a Louisiana police officer of violating a woman’s constitutional rights by grabbing her cellphone and deleting a photo she took of her son in the officer’s vehicle.
The Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government agreed to pay $12,000 to cover the woman’s attorneys’ fees. It also agreed to train its officers on the public’s First Amendment right to photograph police performing their duties.
A judge formally dismissed the suit Friday.
Lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed the suit last March on behalf of Chelline Carter. Lafayette police Officer Shannon Brasseaux arrested Carter’s son last January in a parking lot outside a CVS store.
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The suit claimed the officer seized Carter’s cellphone without a warrant or her consent.