One of the worst days of Douglas Dendinger’s life began with him handing an envelope to a police officer.

In order to help out his family and earn a quick $50, Dendinger agreed to act as a process server, approaching former Bogalusa police officer Chad Cassard as he left the Washington Parish Courthouse and handing him a brutality lawsuit filed by Dendinger’s nephew. The ex-cop was one of the officers involved in the nephew’s arrest for bank robbery, and Dendinger caught up with him moments after the case ended in a conviction.

The handoff went smoothly, but Dendinger said the reaction from Cassard, and a group of officers and attorneys clustered around him, turned his life upside down.

“It was like sticking a stick in a bee’s nest.” Dendinger, 47, recalled. “They started cursing me. They threw the summons at me. Right at my face, but it fell short. Vulgarities. I just didn’t know what to think. I was a little shocked.”

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