Louisiana deputies dragged a man out of his home under questionable circumstances earlier this week, tasing and beating him, then turning on his brother for video recording the incident.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff deputies first blindsided Sean Warren with a sucker punch before tearing the cell phone camera out of his hands and smashing it to the ground.
Then they tased and handcuffed him as they had done to his brother, Casey Warren.
Sean Warren managed to recover the video, which is posted above, after taking the damaged phone to a repair shop.
It doesn’t show much because it’s dark and grainy, but it does show deputies trying to shove Casey Warren into the back of a patrol car.
It was such a bizarre encounter that Sean Warren’s fiancée dialed 911 in the hope that New Orleans police would intervene.
And they did. At first.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
After Sean Warren’s fiancée called 911, New Orleans police arrived at the scene. They told the Warren brothers they were not being arrested. One officer used his flashlight to help Sean Warren find his broken cell phone.
The brothers and other witnesses say the Jefferson Parish deputies initially threw the spent Taser cartridges into a neighbor’s trash can, but retrieved them once New Orleans police arrived.
“They were clearly trying to manipulate the scene,” Armond (an attorney for the Warrens) said.
Around midday Monday, roughly 12 hours after the initial incident, New Orleans police arrested Casey Warren on a Jefferson Parish warrant for reckless driving and flight from an officer.
The incident began on a bridge called the Crescent City Connection when the two brothers noticed an unmarked car tailing them.
Casey Warren, who was driving, noticed a brown Crown Victoria following him starting from the Tchoupitoulas onramp. In an effort to shake the unknown car, Warren slowed on the bridge and eventually stopped in the right lane, Armond said.
A man wearing a white T-shirt and jeans jumped out of the Crown Victoria and approached Warren’s car with a gun drawn, Armond said. The man said he was a Jefferson Parish detective.
“No badge, never used lights, sirens or anything else,” Armond said. “As soon as Casey saw the gun, he got a bad feeling and took off down the bridge,” headed home.
A little while later, the plainclothes detective and four uniformed Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Hudson Place address, Armond said.
After confirming that Casey Warren — who answered the door in his boxer shorts — was the driver from the bridge, two of the deputies dragged him out of the house and started threatening him, Armond said.
Warren asked why New Orleans police weren’t present, and at that point, he was tased on the top of his head, Armond said.
The deputies were apparently out of their jurisdiction, which is why New Orleans police eventually got involved. And as disreputable as that department is, it is surprising they waited so long to make an arrest.
Both brothers ended up hospitalized because of the incident.
The FBI has also been notified of the incident but they have not launched an official investigation.
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