Marley MC Files Brutality Case
Jan. 19, 2000
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Hartnel Henry, the master of ceremonies for Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, has filed a federal brutality lawsuit against police, claiming an officer roughed him up outside a club in August and broke his leg.
Henry, whose stage name is Sky High, was outside the House of Blues when two plainclothes officers ordered him to spread his legs and frisked him, the lawsuit said.
After Henry asked to see badges, one of the officers handcuffed him and a third officer pushed through the crowd, grabbed him and dragged him down the street, the suit claims.
That officer, Jack Hoffman, is accused in the suit of slamming Henry against a car and throwing him against a wall, breaking his leg.
The suit, filed Friday, seeks unspecified damages.
``It is a shame we had to file a lawsuit to obtain a resolution to the most unfortunate incident,'' said Alan Goodman, an attorney for Henry and the band.
Lt. Marlon Defillo, a police spokesman, said the department had not seen the suit and had no comment.