METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - The mother of a Jefferson Parish teenager who was repeatedly punched by a JPSO detective has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff's office.
Brady Becker, the 17-year-old shown on video in a struggle with Jefferson Parish deputies, is suing the JPSO, Sheriff Newell Normand, and Detective Nicholas Breaux for $5 million.
In the lawsuit, filed Thursday, Becker's mother said her son suffered mental anguish, physical abuse and a violation of his civil rights when deputies arrested him on Feb. 13.
Becker suffered a fractured jaw and two black eyes. The encounter was recorded on mobile phone video.
The JPSO claimed Breaux was patrolling a parking garage in Metairie 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. Breaux claims that Becker and others began throwing punches before the video recording was started.
Becker's family filed a complaint against Breaux. Now the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and the FBI are investigating the excessive use of force claim.
The Beckers are asking for a jury trial.