NEW ORLEANS -- Michael Baugh said he had just closed up his family's hair salon Friday night when two Louisiana State Police troopers approached his truck, looking for a man waving a gun.You may recall that this is not the first person the state police have beaten the crap out of in New Orleans. Recall a few years ago, Troopers also attacked and beat the teenage son of an NOPD officer in the Quarter.
The troopers never did find a gun, but by the end of the confrontation, Baugh was rushed to the University Hospital emergency room with multiple injuries.
Baugh, 26, suffered chipped front teeth, a gash in the back of his head that required staples, a broken right wrist and a laceration the length of his back.
"I told them that it wasn't me. And I was falsely accused. They were saying that it was me," Baugh said. "It was mistaken identity."
A proposed hotel tax on the October ballot would fund the Troopers' continued presence in New Orleans where they can maintain this level of public service.