On the eve of French Quarter Festival, 12 people were arrested Wednesday (April 8) in another round of sweeps fueled by businessman Sidney Torres IV and targeting the transients that police say have generated numerous complaints in the city and state's tourism epicenter.
A little more than half of those arrested in Wednesday's five-hour sweep of the French Quarter were booked with obstructing the public right of way, New Orleans police said in a press release. Three dogs were taken into custody by the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals, police said. The agency has joined NOPD 8th District officers and off-duty NOPD officers working the Torres-funded French Quarter Task Force security detail on both publicized sweeps, doing so with the help of a $4,000 donation also from Torres.
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