Troy Mott was shot during a chase on Jan. 11, 2009. He was charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder, one of aggravated battery and one of flight from an officer. According to filings in the civil case, the charges were dropped.
In his suit, Mott says he and his sons were stopped by police without cause. The unit was unmarked and the officer who stopped him was not in a police uniform at the time of the wee hours incident.
Mott alleges that his vehicle was shot at several times and that two officers pulled him from the vehicle and slammed him to the ground before beating, kicking and cursing at Mott and his two sons.
Mott was shot in the right shoulder in the incident, according to the lawsuit. Police have said that Mott was shot in self-defense after he allegedly tried to flee police after being stopped.
In an amendment filed this month, Mott notes at the time of his initial filing, he did not know the names of all the officers allegedly involved and asserts the criminal charges were dropped after State Police investigation.
Through his attorney Jarvis Claiborne, the plaintiff has added to the list of defendents Sgt. Michael Perry and Reserve Officer Johannes Heinen.
He also says Officer A.J. Frank was involved in a cover-up of the beating Mott allegedly received “when he turned off the video dash camera” on his unit.
Mott asserts he has also determined that former officer Ramone Sonnier was one of those “who beat, brutalized, slapped and kicked” him.
The plaintiff says a video tape of the incident shows an officer saying at 6:05 a.m. as Mott lay on the ground, “I don’t know how I missed the (expletive deleted), ‘cause I was doing head shots.”
The amended petition contends Frank filmed some of the incident and that instead of leaving his dash camera on he said, “Man, let me go cut my camera off. Man, I caught them ass-whippings on camera,” a deliberate cover-up in Mott’s opinion.
The incident with Mott began on Eisenhower Street, according to police records, and ended near the old Dresser Building on Samuel Drive.
Three officers were indicted in part for their role in the Mott arrest. Charges against Billy McCauley were dismissed, Jeremy Ivory’s was reduced to a misdemeanor and a Micah Arceneaux pleaded guilty to malfeasance. McCauley and Arceneaux are no longer on the Eunice force.
Mott contends all of the officers named as defendants violated his rights and that the city and former Chief Gary Fontenot failed to properly train or psychologically screen officers with alleged negligent hiring and retention.