JPSO report, teen's account differ on key points - including whether deputy identified himself

JPSO report, teen's account differ on key points - including whether deputy identified himself

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Seventeen-year-old Brady Becker is recovering from a fractured jaw and two black eyes after being arrested in the parking lot of Lakeside Mall Feb. 13.

Becker's friend, Jacob Jensen, picked up his cell phone and started videoing the arrest that eventually went viral.

"I feel like he assaulted me. He violated my rights," Becker said.

Becker said it started when he and a group of friends were hanging out in the parking garage and Jensen was approached by two men.

"They said, 'if I punch you in the face, does that still make me a cop?' I was really shocked by this, and I didn't know what to say. I was like, 'yes sir,'" Jensen said.

"I heard him saying a lot of things to Jacob. He was calling him names, so I stepped in. I said, 'what the f--- is going on?'" Becker said. "I was just trying to figure out why he was getting in his face and all my friends faces. That's when he started to beat me up."

Becker's version of what happened is different than the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office report. The report claims Detective Nicholas Breaux was patrolling the garage when he heard Becker say, "f--- the cops."

Breaux said he walked up to the group and identified himself as a police officer, and Becker pushed him.

"I didn't push him to that extent," Becker said. "I might have laid my hands on him to get him back because they were in our faces. They were right in my face just screaming at us and calling us names."

The report goes on to say, that Becker was "escorted to the ground" and continued to resist until he was handcuffed. Becker as booked with inciting a riot, resisting an officer, battery of a police officer and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Becker wouldn't talk about whether he'd been drinking Friday night, but he claimed he had no idea that Breaux was a deputy.

"We had no idea, and for a man to just come up and start acting like that, it's wrong," Becker said. "I think he should be stripped from his duties."

"I fell outraged. When I first saw him come out of the prison, as a mother, I broke down," said Becker's mother, Donnell.

Becker's family said they want justice.

"This is a police officer who has abused his power, abused his badge and overstepped his bounds," Donnell Becker said.

Becker's attorney said they've filed complaints with the FBI's Civil Rights Division and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. We asked the FBI if they're investigating and were told that they're aware of  the incident and looking into it.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says there's no investigation of the incident because Becker himself has not filed a complaint.

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