Cops issue arrest warrant for 2nd line organizer violating coronavirus orders

Band leader issued summons

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 29, 2020 - 10:49 am

New Orleans Police say they identified the man behind a funeral second line Saturday that had a large group of people parading and dancing in the street.

"NOPD officers have obtained an arrest warrant for Cecil Spencer (B/M, DOB: 08/29/1981) after he refused to shut down a public gathering during the current public health crisis, COVID-19," according to a news release.

Cops say they broke up the event after getting complaints.

"On March 28, 2020 around 4:30 p.m., Second District Task Force Officers responded to a call for service for a large gathering taking place in the 3000 block of Audubon Street. Upon arrival, officers observed a band playing and about 100 individuals attending a funeral repast at the location."

Police say when they asked the people behind the second line to end it, the said they would not.

"Officers asked the event organizers to shut down the event, but they refused. Due to the flagrant violation pertaining public gatherings, officers positively identified Spencer as one of the event organizers and issued a warrant for his arrest. The leader of the band that was playing during the gathering, Clifton Smith, was issued a summons for his participation in the event. The investigation remains ongoing. As more individuals are identified, more arrests will follow."

Cops urge people to help fight the spread of coronavirus by not gathering and by reporting people who do

Anyone who wants to report large gatherings or businesses operating against these rules is asked to call 3-1-1.  

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