Female officer choked during traffic stop during Krewe of Gemini; man arrested

Woman also arrested for DWI
Published: Feb. 20, 2023 at 1:32 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Police say someone tried to drive through the Krewe of Gemini parade while it was going on Saturday.

And when authorities intervened, the ensuing encounter turned violent.

Now a 22-year-old man faces charges for allegedly assaulting a female police officer.

Colby Bracknell, DOB: 7/30/2000
Colby Bracknell, DOB: 7/30/2000(SPD)

The Shreveport Police Department says on Feb. 18, officers working the Krewe of Gemini parade encountered Colby Bracknell during a traffic stop along the parade route on Shreveport-Barksdale Highway.

Police say Bracknell approached the female officer and slammed her into her police unit , then put his hands around her throat and began choking her.


Officers nearby intervened and took Bracknell into custody.

Bracknell is charged with felony battery on a police officer, resisting with force or violence, simple property damage and interfering with a police investigation.

The driver of the vehicle, Briana Bricknell, is the one who was initially stopped. She was arrested for operating a vehicle with intoxicated, driving under suspension for a prior DWI, interfering with a police investigation, and open container.