Rights of Protesters

Filed - August 9, 2019

Spoon v. Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC et al.

A distressed person being dragged out of a boat by two police officersThree water protectors have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in response to their false arrests during protests of the construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in St. Martin’s Parish, Louisiana in August 2018.

Cynthia Spoon, Sophia Cook-Phillips, and Eric Moll were traveling in a canoe and kayak on the waters of Bayou Bee to observe and peacefully protest the construction. As part of a continuing effort to suppress the protests, Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC (BBP) and HUB Enterprises (HUB) directed “private duty” law enforcement officers from the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole to arrest the water protectors for “unlawful entry of a critical infrastructure,” a recently enhanced felony under Louisiana law.

Bayou Bridge Pipeline used Louisiana law and Louisiana law enforcement officers as tools to suppress peaceful protests on open waters. We intend to hold them accountable for their attack on our clients and their plan to silence the voices of these water protectors.