Tavion Aples, a former Tulane employee, is suing Tulane University and members of Tulane University Police Department for excessive force after they shot into a car with Aples and his child inside. According to his lawsuit, Aples returned to campus on Sept. 6, 2019, after being terminated in late August in order to pick up his last paycheck, per invitation from Sodexo. Upon doing so, he was surrounded by cop cars and shot at. Aples filed the lawsuit on behalf of himself and his son, against Administrators of the Tulane Educational Trust, Harris David, Denis Serena and Kirk Bouyelas Sept. 8, 2020. Sodexo, Inc. is also named as a defendant named in the lawsuit.
TUPD stated that they approached Aples because they had an arrest warrant for him on charges of indecent exposure and trespass. The charges stemmed from an Aug. 23, 2019, incident in which Aples allegedly went to the Lavin-Bernick Center to pick up a paycheck when a coworker noticed that Aples was following them. Once the coworker turned around, Aples dropped his pants, masturbated and made the co-worker watch him. Aples allegedly told the coworker not to call the police; the coworker later did, however, and Aples was identified by surveillance footage. Police obtained a warrant to arrest him but did not attempt to do so for two weeks.
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