Police chief winner rolls victory parade by opponent's house, who gets arrested

December 10, 2018 - 3:47 pm
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(WWL.com)

The man who lost a challenge for the Melville Chief of Police, and allegedly punched an officer at a parade for the winner, has bonded out of jail. Cleven Clark denies that he assaulted the officer, and says police were harassing his family by running the parade in front of his house after the election, but Chief Anthony Moreau says you could see where the officer was struck.

“As he was passing, my opponent ran out and kicked the unit of the officer. The officer stopped to see if there was any damage, and before he could get out, the guy hit him.”

When contacted, Clark’s family said the charges were bogus, but are withholding further comments until they talk with their lawyers.

Melville Police say the parade was not harassment, nor was it planned to incite Mr. Clark. Moreau says the celebration is a tradition for all re-elected incumbents, and they would not have taken that route had they known where Clark lived.

“This is a tradition that has been going on since the 80s. Every incumbent Chief of Police, in the history of Melville, when they would be re-elected they would do that.”

Clark reportedly has a history with Jerry Williams, the officer involved, and says the chief has refused to stop Williams from harassing his family.

Moreau says it’s an unfortunate incident, but that he won’t tolerate anyone putting their hands on his officers.

“I’m not happy with what happened, at all. I don’t like things like this, and it’s not good for the town.”
 

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