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Civil Rights Trial Set For Mardi Gras Scuffle Involving State Troopers

A trial date has been set for a civil rights case against state police who tackled two young African American men during last year’s Mardi Gras.

The federal case drew claims of excessive force and criticism of the troopers involved.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the incident was captured on surveillance video two days before Mardi Gras.

It prompted an internal State Police investigation that cleared all the officers involved.

But State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson has acknowledged the footage of two youths being forcefully subdued on Conti Street had been “unsettling” to watch.

No criminal charges were filed against the troopers.

The Justice Department decided not to prosecute.

 A civil case filed by one of the two young men is set for trial in federal court in February, unless a settlement can be reached.

Eileen is a news reporter and producer for WWNO. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

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