NEW ORLEANS – A man arrested on drug charges is suing the New Orleans Police Department, its chief, two former officers and the city of New Orleans, accusing them of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and false imprisonment. The WDSU I-Team detailed the case involving Alvin Bean earlier this year. Bean was arrested in January and charged with cocaine possession. According to NOPD records, the arrest was made by officers Joshua Hunt and Samuel Birks. But records from an Algiers dental office confirmed Hunt was actually there — in a dentist’s chair — when NOPD reports showed he was with Birks participating in the arrest. Bean’s attorney told the I-Team that the officers had falsified their reports and planted the drugs on her client, who spent more than four months in Orleans Parish Prison before he was released. The charges against Bean were eventually dismissed.
Hunt later pleaded guilty to perjury and malfeasance in office. Birks pleaded guilty to a charge of malfeasance in office.
In filing the case against police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, the department and the city, attorney Heather Hendrix claimed the NOPD failed to properly train the officers and condoned “a pattern, practice and/or custom of police officer intimidations and abuse.”
The lawsuit does not specify the amount of damages sought.