Baton Rouge police officers were attacked by members of a crowd as the officers were trying to break up a large party Sunday night at Kings Court Apartments after complaints of loud music, resulting in the arrests of five people.
In a quick-moving sequence, officers arrested four people who tried attacking them or keeping them from arresting others and a fifth who tried to entice the other partygoers to attack the officers, according to several affidavits of probable cause.
“It’s a concern whenever you have a large gathering of people that it can escalate out of control very fast,” said Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa, a police spokeswoman.
Three officers arrived at the complex at 2888 Dougherty Drive at 8:20 p.m. after receiving complaints about the loud music in the parking lot and ordered the group to disperse, the affidavits say. The crowd refused to leave and some yelled profanities at the officers.
Godawa said backup soon arrived at the complex, but the report did not indicate how many more officers were involved.
One man, Marvin Johnson, 29, grabbed two steel horseshoes and two 4-foot-long steel pipes and began swinging the pipes at the officers, the affidavits say. An officer knocked the horseshoes and pipes out of Johnson’s hands, but Johnson continued to fight.
Several officers jumped in to help, placing Johnson in handcuffs, the affidavits say. Johnson then yelled and screamed at the crowd, encouraging them to fight the officers.
As soon as officers subdued Johnson, Warren Bessie Jr., 33, walked over and began throwing punches at the officers, catching one officer in the torso, before he was thrown to the ground and subdued, the affidavits say.
At the same time, Keyoka Cleveland, 31, jumped on the officer who was handcuffing Bessie, the affidavits say. The officer quickly pulled her off and arrested her.
Then another woman, Jasmine Cleveland, also jumped on the back of one of the officers and was arrested, the affidavits say.
The affidavits do not indicate if Jasmine Cleveland and Keyoka Cleveland are related.
During the melee, Carlos Cushingberry also tried to entice the crowd to attack the officers, the affidavits say. He was arrested after trying to fight one of the officers.
Bessie, 3813 Winbourne Ave.; Jasmine Cleveland, 2747 Huron St.; and Keyoka Cleveland, 2888 Dougherty Drive, were each booked into Parish Prison on counts of battery on a police officer, inciting a riot, resisting an officer with force or violence and failure to obey an order to disperse.
Johnson, 2888 Dougherty Drive, was booked on counts of attempted aggravated battery on a police officer, battery on a police officer, inciting a riot, resisting an officer with force or violence and failure to obey an order to disperse.
Cushingberry, 3725 Winbourne Ave., was booked on counts of inciting a riot, resisting an officer and failure to obey an order to disperse.