For seven years the Krewe of Eris has rolled the Sunday before Mardi Gras. Musicians, artists, and puppeteers from all over the country travel down there every year to join creative forces with the amazing community of artists and musicians who live there. It is an unpermitted community parade with an open band that has been growing every year. This past Mardi Gras, the NOPD stopped the nonviolent parade and proceeded to wreak havoc by using tasers and pepper spray, manhandling attendees, and then arresting 12 people with charges which ranged from disturbing peace to resisting arrest to battery. One participant, a warm and quiet boy, was tased, his clarinet was broken, and his face was smashed so hard that he had to get corrective surgery for his broken cheekbone. For all of this, he got charged with battery of a police officer. Help us help these folks!
If you can’t come yet are just yearning to support then visit www.eris12.org !!!!
Below are links to some articles and videos about what happened:
Report from NOLA.com
More video footage
First-hand account from one of 12 arrestees