Woman suing BRPD pleas ‘no contest’ to misdemeanor charge

Woman suing BRPD pleas ‘no contest’ to misdemeanor charge

POSTED: Monday, March 26, 2012 - 4:40pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:09am

A woman suing the Baton Rouge Police Department for an incident that happened back in September was in court this morning. She pleaded “no contest” for the charge of Interference with a Police Officer/Investigation.

Melinda Morris of St. Amant appeared in Baton Rouge City Court this morning, Monday, March 26, for an arraignment in front of Judge Temple and pleaded “no contest” to the charge, which is neither an admission to guilt or innocence. As a result of her plea, Morris will be sentenced at a hearing in City Court on May 2, 2012.

Morris was issued a summons for the misdemeanor charge on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. Baton Rouge Police Officer Robert Schilling issued Morris the summons after she allegedly became combative at the scene of a motorcycle accident for which she was involved.

Two freelance videographers began recording the incident while Officer Schilling was attempting to remove Morris from the scene. They recorded the officer pulling Morris by the hair.

The video was then sold to a local news outlet.

The Baton Rouge Police Department launched an internal investigation immediately following review of the video. Morris filed suit several days later after the video was released by the media outlet.

Her lawyer, Eulis Simien Jr., filed charges against the City-Parish, Baton Rouge Police Department and BRPD Officer Robert Schilling. No hearing has been scheduled thus far regarding that case. We’re told it is still in the discovery phase.

Officer Schilling was suspended without pay for several days, for which he has filed an appeal. That case is still pending as well.

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