April 25th, 2013

Louisiana Man Arrested Twice in One Month for Video Recording Cops (Updated) 20

By Carlos Miller

Alex Lege via Eunice Uncensored

 

Less than two weeks after he was arrested for video recording cops from a public street, Alex Lege was arrested again for the same thing.

This time it was the Eunice Police Department that arrested Lege, according to his girlfriend, Tessi Angelique Abshire, who posted the news on a Facebook page Lege created called Eunice Uncensored, where he attempts to shed a light on the police department.

 

 

Lege, who was arrested earlier this month by the Lafayette Parrish Sheriff’s Office, has previously posted videos where he was threatened by Eunice police while video recording them for a very respectable distance.

In the following video, Lege is threatened with physical harm by an old man who takes exception to being video recorded in public.

A Eunice cop then walks up and accuses Lege of “invading my crime scene” when Lege was nowhere near the scene.

Lege walks further back but the officer continues to order him away, so Lege ends up walking across the street to continue video recording.

The cop also tells him that the supreme court has ruled that citizens have the right to sue people who video record them in public, which is not true.

Start the video at 7:45 to save yourself time.

 

 

In the video below, a Eunice cops tells Lege to “get off of my scene” while Lege is video recording him in a gas station from afar while another man – who is not video recording – is standing closer to the cop than Lege. �Start the video at 1:25 to save yourself time.

 

 

It’s obvious from his videos that the Eunice Police Department has gotten to know Lege and were itching to arrest him, which they did today.

His girlfriend said he was video recording a traffic stop and ended up getting charged with “following a police officer,” vagrancy and criminal trespassing. She attempted to video record the arrest but was standing too far and did not capture much except a police car in the distance.

She also said that Lege was being photographed by a local photojournalist for a story as he was video recording the traffic stop, but the photographer left and Lege ended up getting arrested – which shows these cops are not the smartest in the bunch because now it will help prove his cause to the local media.

He was not trespassing, being a vagrant, or following a police officer. He was on foot filming a traffic stop, and getting pictures taken by a photographer in Eunice for the paper. They waited until the photographer left then three police units and a marshal swarmed in and arrested him.

She asked her friends to meet her at the police department to protest against the arrest.

Louisiana blogger Busted in Acadiana, who has been in contact with the ACLU about Lege’s first arrest, sent them another email, so hopefully they will set those local cops straight.

PINAC reader ExCop-LawStudent reported earlier today that Lege was arrested back in December after he flipped off a cop.

UPDATE: Here is the video from Lege’s latest arrest. You can hear him speak to the newspaper photojournalist who leaves after the first few minutes.

Cops begin to surround him at the 8:00 mark. One dimwitted female cop can be heard asking if the video can be used as “evidence.”

 

 

Call the Eunice Police Department at (337) 457-2626.


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  • breezanemom

    This guy is purposely doing things to stir up trouble and should be ignored. The less press he gets the better for everyone involved. He is just a spoiled brat who wants attention.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jim.morriss.14 Jim Morriss

      That IS the point. He SHOULD have been ignored. Yes and those spoiled uppity blacks that sat at the white lunch counter were just trying for a bit of attention too. The ‘things” he was doing was merely standing in a distant spot with a camera. The cops caused all the problems.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bill.Larson Bill Larson

    He’s getting charged with RS 32:286

    §286. Following authorized emergency vehicles prohibited

    The driver of any vehicle other than one on official business shall not follow any authorized emergency vehicle traveling in response to an official call of duty closer than five hundred feet or drive into or park such vehicle within the block where such vehicle has stopped in answer to an official call. – Acts 1962, No. 310, §1.

    Dunno what the case law on that is. The officer signaled his intentions with his words.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.morriss.14 Jim Morriss

    Which comes first the resisting are the arrest. You get arrested then they go in search of a reason. Sue, sue , sue. When they can no longer can afford the insurance sue them some more.
    Personally when you put cuffs on me you have arrested me; “detained” be damned.

  • Mike

    I just sent the police chief a nice little email airing my disappointment. I hope the feds get a hold of them and make an example. We need for them to do something because this is getting out of control.

  • Ryan K Pelas

    I’m going to call the Eunice Police Department and ask a few questions. I’m sorry this happened to you. As a Louisianian and 1st amendment practitioner, I am disgusted by these servers and protectors of our public. My name is Ryan Pelas, feel free to add me on Facebook if you’d like to help my efforts to spread the word about this.

  • Difdi

    Garbage collection is arguably more necessary to society than most of what police officers do. At worst, it’s equal in importance.

    Garbage collection is smelly, dirty and dangerous. A garbage collector has several times the on-the-job injury and death risks that a police officer does.

    I’ve met quite a few people who make excuses for bad cops, and argue that cops should be given a lot of slack on obedience to the law since their jobs are so necessary and dangerous. I’ve never met a single apologist for bad cops who would extend that slack to garbage collectors. Funny, that.

  • Difdi

    “Section 7. No law shall curtail or restrain the freedom of speech or of the press. Every person may speak, write, and publish his sentiments on any subject, but is responsible for abuse of that freedom. ”

    Louisiana also has a constitutional protection of freedom of speech. Federal court is the proper avenue for first amendment lawsuits, but it’s not the only possible path.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kd4usf Jim Dean

    So many people (including LEO’s) don’t realize that journalist work product has even more protection. As you say, an ordinary warrant won’t let you touch my camera (I’m a PJ), it takes a subpoena. Given what he’s doing, it’s quite possible that a court would find that he’s deserving of this additional protection.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.morriss.14 Jim Morriss

    No the courts have ruled that the police CAN go through the phone. They also now consider your silence as not invoking your right to be silence but as an indication they should keep asking questions.

  • Difdi

    I remember reading about a hardware developer working on the technologies that underlie the Google Glass product…he has an unusually hefty eyeglass prescription and uses the technology to correct his vision (something normal eyeglasses cannot do).

    He’s had people try to rip his electronic eyeglasses off of his head, out of a belief that his photography of them was illegal. Considering his prototype is strapped in place and requires tools to remove, this causes him some amount of injury in the process.

  • Difdi

    Whose an idiot is he? Or is it that you’re the an idiot here?

  • Difdi

    Might be fun to see what happens if you were to buy a can of black gunpowder on the way to a department store, buy a new pressure cooker there, refill your car’s gas tank on the way home and take a few pictures of pretty clouds along the way.

    Given that pressure cookers can greatly speed up cooking times, you could even have dinner ready for the SWAT guys when they come by…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.morriss.14 Jim Morriss

    Don’t fart that’s explosive too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.morriss.14 Jim Morriss

    No it is “your”; it is his site. “you’re”=you are
    Point the finger at yourself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.morriss.14 Jim Morriss

    Is that like a race event for water?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.morriss.14 Jim Morriss

    No if you talk to anyone involved you’re ‘interfering’. Just film and keep your mouth shut. When the cops show up ignore them. They have no right to say shit to you.

  • jackobean

    I agree. You didn’t read what I wrote. I’m talking about the guy that approached him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.morriss.14 Jim Morriss

    When someone tells me anarchy rules I hit them in the mouth and take their wallet and tell them “that’s anarchy for ya'”

  • Jon Quimbly

    No, the courts have mixed results, and there isn’t a solid consensus at the district level. Florida’s Supreme Court recently ruled that a warrant is required. SCOTUS has issued narrow rulings, so the precedent isn’t settled yet.

    Cops can still arrest you and search your phone, though, and let the courts sort it out later.

    Remaining silent is up to the suspect, no matter how much cops pressure them.

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