Thomas Buell
(July 2005)

McCranie Sistrunk won a victory in favor of the City of Mandeville, Police Chief Thomas Buell, Detective Wade Major and Officer Kenny Lemulle in the case entitled Derrick Bramlett, et al. v. Thomas Buell, et al. in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Derrick Bramlett sued defendants for a shooting that took place on a Mardi Gras parade route in Mandeville, Louisiana. Mr. Bramlett was shot a total of three times because the vehicle he was driving was headed toward a crowd of bystanders that were watching the parade and had their backs to Bramlett. The trial court granted defendants summary judgment motion dismissing all of plaintiffs federal claims with prejudice because it found that the police officers acted reasonably in using deadly force to subdue Bramlett. Mr. Bramlett’s remaining state law claims were dismissed in state court via an Exception of Res Judicata/Motion for Summary Judgment.