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State lawmakers to hold hearing on Conti street incident

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New Orleans, La.-  State lawmakers get ready to take a closer look Tuesday at an incident in the French Quarter some call racial profiling.

Images captured by a nearby camera show what unfolded on February 10th, in the 700 block of Conti Street.

The accusations of racial profiling are tied to the treatment of a couple of high school students by a New Orleans Police officer and eight State troopers.

The officer and the troopers were in plain clothes.  N.O.P.D. officer Verna Hunt is the mother of one of the teens.

She says they were roughed up for no reason as they waited for her to pick them up.

The incident basically ended when officer Hunt showed up and questioned the other officers about what was going on.

State police say she interfered with their investigation, and moved on.

State Police say they approached the teens because they appeared to be in violation of the city curfew laws.

Tuesday, A State Senate Judiciary Committee will meet in New Orleans to review the incident. Senator J.P. Morrell told FOX 8 last week he has lots of unanswered questions.

He also shared some of the feedback he's heard from young African Americans who talked to him during a school visit.

The special senate hearing will take place Tuesday afternoon at Southern University.

State police told FOX 8 they will attend the hearing, but will be restricted in what they can contribute because of their investigation.

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