New Orleans Police arrest organizer of weekend second line

Chris Miller
March 30, 2020 - 5:27 pm

The New Orleans Police department says it has arrested the organizer of a second like parade that officers shut down over the weekend.

"Second District Task Force Officers have arrested Cecil Spencer," police announced. The department says officers obtained the warrant when Spencer refused police orders to shut down the gathering.

"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," according to the NOPD. "Upon arrival, officers observed a band playing and about 100 individuals attending a funeral repast at the location."

Large gatherings have been banned during the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

"Officers asked the event organizers to shut down the event, but they refused," the statement continued. " 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 band leader, identified by police as Clifton Smith, was issued a summons.

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