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Tour operators to sue city after alleged attacked by Taxicab official

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NEW ORLEANS - The owner of a French Quarter tours company whose employee says she was roughed up by a city worker wants the inspector general to get involved.

He and other tour guide operators plan to sue the city over alleged harassment.

Haunted History tour guide Wendy Bosma said she suffered bruises at the hands of Taxicab Bureau investigator Wilton Joiner during a dispute over whether she was following the rules.

The city suspended Joiner without pay while the investigation continues.

Amateur video shot by Haunted History Tours owner Sidney Smith shows Safety and Permits Deputy Director Malachi Hull at the scene of the altercation. Hull's office oversees the Taxicab Bureau.

The mayor's office would only confirm that Hull was there at some point.

"According to my tour guide Wendy Bosma, Malachi Hull was there the entire time watching this," Smith said.

"Ray Charles can see what the video shows," said Tommy Cook, with Witches Brew Tours. "It's ridiculous that the mayor is ignoring this and the chief of police is ignoring, and Malachi Hull needs to be not suspended but fired."

"Multiple people have come forward with stories of harassment and abuse at the hands of the Taxicab Bureau investigators," said attorney Tom Shlosman, who is representing the tour guides.

Shlosman said a federal civil rights violations lawsuit and a civil suit will be filed on Bosma's behalf.

 

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