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Charges dismissed against tour guides, cabbies

Wilton Joiner Wilton Joiner

NEW ORLEANS - The city has dismissed charges against tour guides and cab drivers who say they've been harassed and unjustly targeted by Taxicab Bureau inspectors, and a group gathered outside City Hall Friday to demand that the bureau be overhauled.

At an administrative hearing Friday, the city opted not to prosecute.

One of the cases involved tour guide Wendy Bosma, whose confrontation last month with inspector Wilton Joiner was caught on cell phone video.

Joiner was suspended and later arrested.

Bosma got her license back, but says she hopes the investigation isn't over.

"Hopefully we can keep this in the light," Bosma said. "(He) needs to be fired, as well."

"It's one step in the right direction," said attorney Tom Schlosman. "However, it does not rectify the harm that my clients have been subjected to. Based on the fact that [supervisor] Malachi Hull was aware of the unauthorized use of force that these inspectors were subjecting citizens to, he chose not to do anything about it."

Bosma said Joiner left her with bruises. Simple battery charges are pending against him.

The city also dismissed the case against a cabbie who claims he was pepper sprayed and handcuffed by another inspector over a parking ticket. That inspector, Ronnie Blake, has also been suspended.

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