NOPD launches investigation into officer caught on video shoving teen during Mardi Gras parade

NEW ORLEANS – A video capturing an incident involving a New Orleans Police officer seemingly pushing a high school band member has gone viral on social media. The incident occurred during the Muses parade on Thursday night on St. Charles Avenue, just before Canal Street in New Orleans.

Brandon Mitchell, 18, a horn player at L.B. Landry High School, was marching with the school’s band when, according to his mother, the officer backed into her son and another bandmate, subsequently shoving him without any apparent reason.

Since then, the New Orleans Police Dept. says they have launched an investigation but as of Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, there were no updates to that investigation: “The NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau investigation into an incident involving an NOPD officer and a band member during a Mardi Gras parade is ongoing. No updates are currently available,” said NOPD in a statement to UWK.

Multiple videos have been posted to various social platforms by parade-goers and Brandon’s mother. You can view a longer video posted on TikTok.

“He said he was playing his horn and his row of band members happened to stop right behind the officer,” Brandon’s mother Tiffany Jones told UWK. “The officer proceeded to back into my son, not paying attention to his surroundings, and then pushed him as if my son was in his way.”

The identity of the New Orleans police officer has not been officially released. 

Jones says she is “extremely angry” and was totally taken aback by the incident between her son and the NOPD officer. She said her son is a great kid and not a troublemaker. In fact, Brandon was homecoming king of L.B. Landry this school year and is in the gifted music program.

“That’s why I’m so upset because he didn’t deserve this type of treatment from an officer of the law,” said Jones.

Brandon Mitchell, L.B. Landry High School student
Brandon Mitchell, 18, a horn player at L.B. Landry High School in New Orleans. Courtesy: Tiffany Jones

Brandon, who has received several scholarship offers, says it took him by surprise.

“I was marching, playing my horn and attempting to give viewers a good show, when this officer backed into me,” he recalled. “I didn’t react to him backing into me cause maybe it was a mistake, but then he proceeded to push me with extreme force.”

Brandon said the conversation with the officer did involve some vulgar language. He says he tried to keep his cool and told the officer he was wrong for pushing him.

“He kept replying, ‘You know what you did.” He really didn’t have anything to say for himself,” Brandon said.

Jones said the incident was completely uncalled for and she’s grateful things didn’t escalate.

“After I’ve reflected on what happened, looking at all the videos online and seeing it everywhere makes me feel as if me doing what I’m supposed to do in the city of New Orleans as a student … and band member that it’s all in vain,” said Brandon. “No matter what good you do in this city it’s not a lot of love.”

While the New Orleans Police Department has not released an official comment, the incident is being investigated by the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau, according to several New Orleans television stations.

The Algiers Charter Schools issued the following statement: 

We at Algiers Charter are deeply disappointed by the incident captured in the video, depicting an NOPD Officer pushing an L. B. Landry Student and member of the Marching Pride of Algiers Band Unit.

However, we commend our students for their restraint and refusal to engage in negative behavior. This incident underscores the importance of the conflict resolution lessons we impart to our students.

We will initiate a meeting with the NOPD to address this matter promptly. Such behavior does not reflect the standards we expect from law enforcement officers, nor is it the conduct we anticipate our young students to encounter from authorities. Respect for authority and appropriate conduct remain core values we instill in our students.

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2 Responses

  1. Yes. Behavior was childish and extremely disrespectful. As an officer who wears a badge and supposedly trained in working these types of details should be charged for assault. This type of behavior should not be ignored. This officer should have an understanding that this child was doing exactly what he and his team was supposed to do. Your officer was out of order and assaulted a child.

    Furthermore, this officer is proven to be aggressive and not fit for the badge. Additionally, the other officers should be held accountable for not responding appropriately immediately instead the child was treated as if it were his fault. These officers are a disgrace!!! Make him and those around him take responsibility for their actions and refusal to act in a manner that made that child feel safe. Each officer should be charged. Period. That is brutality!!! It leaves internal scars. Mom seek justice. The camera don’t lie. Proud of the buddy who stood taller than those fake rent-a-cops on sight.

    If that officers ears were affected by the sounding of the instrument, that’s a personal problem. He should have considered that before taking the parade job. This is despicable. He better not be able to work another parade this week. In fact he should have been arrested and held behind bars until the parades are over and made to appear in court. Y’all keep allowing this type of behavior to be washed away.

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