Businessman and New Orleans mayorial candidate Frank Scurlock accused New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu of being “drunk on his own ego” and called new charges against him “typical Louisiana politics at its finest.” The accusations come as prosecutors upgraded the charges against Scrulock.
From The Advocate:
City prosecutors on Wednesday raised the ante in their case against businessman and mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock over an incident involving a New Orleans police officer.
Scurlock — who has not yet filed his official paperwork to run for mayor — was charged in a bill of information with assault and crossing a police cordon. Police accused him of bumping Ofﬁcer Clinton Lawrence, who was trying to maintain order amid protests over the planned removal of the Jefferson Davis monument in Mid-City on May 6.
The municipal assault charge represents an escalation by the City Attorney’s Office, given that Scurlock was initially booked by police on a single municipal count of obstructing a public place.
The new and more serious charges came one day after Scurlock’s defense attorney, Thomas Robichaux, alleged in a motion that the officer who arrested Scurlock lied in a probable cause affidavit.
Robichaux said in the motion that a video of the arrest posted online “clearly shows that the defendant did NOT bump the officer, but rather, the officer turned and attacked the defendant, forcibly poking the defendant in the chest with his fingers and knocking him backwards.”
In May, Scurlock was roughed up and arrested by a New Orleans police officer while he was on the phone with 911. Scurlock was shoved into a fence while trying to talk to a police officer. A swarm of cops then came out and arrested him.
Despite the protestations of Mitch Landrieu and his cronies, this upgrade in charges is political. Normally an incident like this is resolved with either the charges dropped or a deal that results in a fine.
The good question that needs to be asked is why prosecutors are spending so much time on this case but they can’t clear more serious crimes? Scurlock probably has a point about how political his prosecution is.