Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers' Emcee Sues New Orleans Police

Sky High, master of ceremonies and backing vocalist for the reggae-rock outfit Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, has filed a federal suit against the New Orleans Police Department, claiming that officers assaulted him following a concert in August 1999.

According to an article in "The Times-Picayune," Henry and the band filed the suit on January 14 in the Federal District Court in New Orleans, alleging that officers broke Henry's leg after slamming him against a car and a wall following a Melody Makers gig at the House of Blues.

The officer named in the suit as the attacker, Jack Hoffman, was fired a week after the incident for what the department told the paper was "unrelated causes," although Hoffman did have another brutality complaint pending.

The suit seeks unspecified damages against New Orleans, the police department, Hoffman, and several other officers for violating Henry's civil rights, inducing psychological and physical pain, and causing him to

lose wages, as the band had to hire a replacement for the remainder of the tour.

A spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department noted that it had not been served with the lawsuit, and refused to comment to the newspaper about any pending legal matters.