Judge grants injunction blocking weekend trail ride events in Bossier Parish
“We don’t want happening here what happened in DeSoto Parish”
BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) — A judge has granted an injunction against the “Boots N Dukes” trail ride being held in at Princeton and the weekend event’s organizers have been notified about the ruling, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington confirmed Thursday, June 17.
Organizers had advertised that a four-wheeler ride was to have been held Friday and a trail ride had been set for Saturday on Fullwood Road. Musical performances had been scheduled for both evenings.
KSLA News 12 reached out to event organizers for comment about the injunction but has not heard back. Organizers have, however, posted on social media that their trail ride is still going to happen but it has been moved to Gloster in DeSoto Parish.
Also, new rules have been put in place: no 4-wheelers, dirt bikes, guns or weapons. And security will be on site.
The injunction was sought Wednesday, June 16 by a unanimous vote of the Bossier Parish Police Jury, according to a news release.
With the vote, police jurors authorized the parish attorney to file for an immediate injunction from Bossier District Court against the event’s promoter and the owner of the land where it was to have been held. landowner. Police jurors also voted to close Fullwood Road, except for local traffic, for the two days.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office will enforce the injunction, and those who fail to comply will be arrested, authorities said.
Parish Administrator Bill Altimus told police jurors that an application for the event, reportedly sponsored by Bossmane Riding Club, had been denied in April. A parish committee that studies such requests had found serious problems with similar events in the past, he added.
Bossier sheriff’s Maj. Charles Gray said the Sheriff’s Office has no problems with a trail ride, but pointed to an incident that occurred in DeSoto Parish last weekend as a reason for concern.
At least one person was shot during that weekend trail ride that drew 7,000-8,000 people to Grand Cane. After the shooting, an ambulance was unable reach the victim due to vehicles and people on the road.
“We don’t want happening here what happened in DeSoto Parish,” Gray told the Police Jury. “We have no problem with trail ride, it’s the after-party that goes on.”
At the time, Bossier sheriff’s Chief Deputy Duane Huddleston said attempts to contact promoters of the event had been unsuccessful. “We have contact information, but we have not been able to contact them at all.
“When the original permit was denied, we thought it was over,” he continued. “But we kept seeing on social media that the party is still on.”
DeSoto Parish has experienced shooting incidents at two similar events, Huddleston said.
“Those (trail rides) start early, but this is really an outdoor concert. That’s the event where shootings are occurring across the state. Thousands show up, they’re drinking, some have weapons and there are arguments. That’s when problems arise.”
Officials say a flyer for the event claims wrist bands for admittance have sold out.
“Social media sites are saying the party is still on and that the parish has blessed it, which is not true,” Huddleston said. “An injunction will be the best issue for us. We will have deputies there and we can turn people around.”
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