NOLA man, LSP speak out about controversial traffic stop caught on camera

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 3:36pm

"It did exactly what I thought it would do which is cover their butts."

This 15-minute Louisiana state police dash-camera video shows a traffic stop near Caffin and Charters in the lower ninth ward.

Musician Shamarr Allen says troopers stopped him after he backed down a street to avoid a police blockade around 2:30 in the morning, on July 23rd.

"I grew up down here where you see the police all the time. If the street is blocked off and you go that way. You're liable to be harassed."

"State police say the troopers set-up a barricade in this lower ninth ward neighborhood looking for a drug dealer who had ran away and that's when Allen drove-up to the scene.

State police released the video after Allen complained officers used excessive force at the traffic stop.

During a news conference today... Superintendent Mike Edmonson stood by his troopers actions.

"I support the actions of my troopers I believe they did exactly how they train for."

LSP initially told reporters 15-minutes of the 30 minute clip were missing...and then made a retraction saying only 1 to 2 minutes were missing because the trooper's engine was turned off. According to state police -- the video shows Allen's refusal to show both of his hands.

Allen says troopers threatened him with a gun...at one point putting a boot on his head...actions he feels were racial profiling. Edmonson says those accusations aren't true.

"We didn't say 'stop that car, there's an individual.' We don't operate like that. I don't teach that, I don't condone it and I don't tolerate it."

This New Orleans musician says he's lawyered-up...sticking to his version of what unfolded.

"All I wanted to do is bring awareness to a big problem.

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