As the top law enforcement official in the parish, DA Cannizzaro has flagrantly violated the rights of some of its most vulnerable people: the victims and witnesses of crime.
On behalf of its plaintiffs, the ACLU, ACLU of Louisiana, and the Southern Poverty Law center have filed this lawsuit to protect the due process rights of people in East Baton Rouge and to stop a blatant extortion scheme in the parish.
The ACLU of Louisiana is representing Christopher Ware, a Rastafarian prisoner whose religious beliefs require that he wear his hair in dreadlocks and whose rights would be violated by DOC’s grooming policies, which prohibit dreadlocks.
The ACLU of Louisiana sued the City of Slidell on behalf of three individuals who panhandle on the city streets. Gary Blitch, a U.S. Army veteran, and co-plaintiffs David Knight and Daniel Snyder, seek nothing more than their First Amendment right to ask others for money.