We are learning more about a fistfight caught on camera that led to the suspension of an NOPD officer.
In an exclusive interview Wednesday we heard from one of the women in the middle of the melee.
Now WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter reveals why the woman says the fight was allowed to happen.
Nearly one month after the smack-down that stopped traffic on busy Canal Street, we caught up with one of the women who boastfully claimed her bit in the brawl .
Trotter asked, “Is this you? “Don’t that look like me,” Ablioncia Lindsey replied.
Lindsey is the one in the pink blouse kicking, punching, and pulling hair like her life depended on it.
It was a fight over a disagreement that she says never should have happened; because she thought police standing nearby would keep her safe.
“Like he didn’t defend me at all,” Lindsey said. “The man didn’t defend me, he didn’t even help me he just was standing up there the whole time.”
She’s talking about officer Cortez Hankton.
The veteran officer defense attorneys claim was hesitant to break up a street fight between the two women,.
Instead he used his radio to call for back-up from female officers.
But Lindsey tells a different story.
“The police told the other police that was on duty with them they wasn’t going to do nothing about it,” Lindsey said. “They just was gonna stand up there and just let us fight.” “That’s what he said.”
After tussling into a glass window and having her hand bitten, Lindsey says the opponent’s brother stepped in and punched her in the face; not once, twice, but three times.
“I was in the hospital for that too,” Lindsey said.
A civilian woman wearing a purple shirt appears to do more to hold the man back than officer Hankton.
The YouTube video has gone viral.
“My grandmother and aunt, they called all the way from California asking me about what was going on with the fight and why was the police just standing up there,” Lindsey said.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says all officers are trained to break up fights, and there is no policy against male officers breaking up fights between women.
Officer Cortez Hankton has been placed on leave without pay pending the outcome of an independent investigation.