NOPD arrests organizer of second line seen in viral video

NOPD arrests organizer of second line seen in viral video
Cecil Spencer, 38, arrested Monday afternoon for organizing a second line parade Saturday despite the city's call for social distancing. (Source: NOPD)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department has arrested the man they say organized a second line that occurred Saturday in Gert Town.

Cecil Spencer, 38, arrested Monday afternoon in the 3000 block go Audubon Street and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center.

A warrant was issued for Spencer’s arrest Sunday after they say he organized a second line parade despite the City’s ban on large gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to NOPD, when officers asked the crowd to disband they refused.

Video of the event quickly went viral on social media Saturday afternoon along with another video of a large gathering on the Lakefront.

The City asks that if anyone wants to reports a large gathering or a business operating against the rules set in place, they can call 311.

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