Charges Dropped in Cabbie Pepper Spray Case

According to a spokesperson for Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the city attorney dropped all charges against a cab driver at the center of a pepper spray/handcuff investigation.

The incident happened in October in the French Quarter, and the cab driver was initially charged with assaulting an inspector with the Taxicab Bureau.

But surveillance video appears to have turned around the investigation.  In it, the cab driver is seen in a confrontation with the inspector but is forced to the ground and detained.

An attorney for the cabbie says his client was pepper sprayed and handcuffed by the inspector.

According to the city, the video tape is now in the hands of the district attorney and the NOPD which will decide if any new charges should be brought in the case.

The city also says the inspector involved has been suspended without pay and all inspectors were required to hand over any pepper spray or handcuffs in their possession.

The attorney for the cabbie says his client’s civil rights were violated and a lawsuit will follow.