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

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.

About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.
  • durkadurkadurka

    These cops dont sound particularly bright as a whole. Right at the end one is going on about “hanging around public places without the consent of the owner”…

    • steveo

      Looks like you are in the US 5th Circuit and the closest federal courts are in New Orleans, the District Court and the Appellate court so you don’t have to go too far to file your motions. Watch the city attorneys crap their pants when you file your prior restraint injunction. You can also file in federal court as an indigent and avoid any of the filing fees. While you are in NO, stop off at the local FBI office and file complaints against the leo departments.

      • Proud GrandPa

        Does he need money for filing fees if he is not indigent? Would he be in legal trouble if he was not indigent and tried to fool the court? I’d hate to see a potentially valid lawsuit go off the rails because of attempting to commit fraud.
        .
        Still that is interesting advice. Perhaps it would be more helpful to photogs to create a legal and defense fund. Donations would be tax deductible. I know of none for photogs, and even a contingency fee lawyer would require filing fees.
        .

    • JdL

      one is going on about “hanging around public places without the consent of the owner”…

      Wow! His mama must be proud. Cops: half-wits with guns, badges, and an attitude.

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    The local TV station has two articles on the arrest, available via http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/lafayette-and-st-landry-parishes-la-and-photographers/

    • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

      Additional information about prior civil rights lawsuits against the Eunice Police is available at http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/eunice-police-civil-rights-lawsuits/. Most disturbing is the fact that the city employs an Officer Cram or Crum (it’s unclear from the opinion) who was handed a badge and a gun and told to go enforce the law without any academy training.

      Yeah, that’s a good idea. How is someone even supposed to know how to enforce the law, if he hasn’t even been to an academy to learn what the law is? Or how to avoid the use of excessive force? I can’t think of a more unprofessional way to run a police department.

      • Proud GrandPa

        Four lawsuits since 1993? None involve free speech or photography. The 2011 settlement indicates the city may settle, when it cannot get dismissal. That may make this more attractive to a contingency lawyer willing to take his case. Otherwise when are you graduating and hanging our your shingle? Would you take this photog’s case and pay his filing fees? Curious…
        .

  • Joel Turner

    Billy Joe Bob at the end says ” You can’t be lurking in places without consent of the owner.” which unless the owner has called you thugs, can’t call it trespassing. Some town is going to loose some money .

  • stupidamerkin

    You keep refering to these drones as officers which is defined as a person holding an office of trust. How much trust does one have who signs an oath to serve and protect our rights and the Constitution when they don’t even know what the first amendment of the Constitution is.

    If they did know, they would not be committing the crimes they do everyday brainlessly as they have been trained to do and it is almost impossible to show someone the truth when their pay checks depend on them not knowing the truth.

    You just don’t want to give these nazis any excuse to get in your face, however it seems by just being there they equate that as being in their face when it is convenient for their agenda.

    Go look up their code of ethics that they are required to sign before they are cut loose to rob and plunder their neighbors and community members.

    Even though what this individual is doing is 100% legal, there is a way to do the same filming without these nazis having a clue. You just have to be smarter then these drones which isn’t too hard to do. They are just as dumbed down as the rest of the sheeple.

  • Proud GrandPa

    The first and last videos are credible examples of a violation of photog rights. Not so sure about the second video.
    .
    The most telling feature is that LEO had to DRIVE over to the photog. He was surely not crowding them.
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    The cops seem to have detained him on non-photo issues including parking violations, not having permission to enter or use a vehicle, and unlawfully tinted windows. I leave it to a court to decide whether there is merit to these charges. Now here is the key issue: Even if there is merit justifying detention, this appears (to me anyway) to be selective enforcement.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002329011677 Jaysin R Clifton

    this guy is being a douche im not surprised they got tired of his useless crap

  • Antonio Buehler

    We’re proud of you, Alex!!!

  • DMNTD Wright

    ‘this guy is being a douche”, but that that does NOT make him a criminal.

  • Fotaugrafee

    ^^^ You’re apparently a bigger douchebag than he is.

  • JDS

    Doesn’t make it right or legal. He’s frustrated, and understandably so. It’s not like the cops were behaving any more civilly than Alex. You probably think Rosa Parks was a douche too, huh?

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    Doesn’t matter, he still has a right to video tape police in public.

  • milwaukeeprogressiveexaminer

    So modur, if I am a cop and I detest your stupid post, I can arrest you? If free speech/press doesn’t apply to this young man, why should it apply to you here?

  • Shane Cormier

    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND SHOW THESE NAZI PIGS WHO IS BOSS.

  • Difdi

    They don’t get to make that choice. When they put on that badge and uniform, they swore an oath. All they needed to do to keep that oath was to ignore Lege and do their jobs. Instead, they chose to break their oaths and arrest a man for everything they could stretch to cover him — but being a journalist is not illegal.

  • steveo

    I didn’t think he was overly talkative, I’ve seen alot worse and in the final clip, that’s pretty much how I’d handle it only I’d just give them my attorney’s name and ask if I could call her, so that she could come out to the scene. She’d do it to, if she wasn’t in court. Say I need an attorney, and zip the lip. (I also like how he goes into the store and asks whoever is there for permission, then the leos can’t tag him with trespass) They always try to bait you too, it’s really hard to keep your mouth shut. Plus they tag team you, so you have to tell every one of them that you need a lawyer. Larry Flynt was in a lot of people’s eyes the biggest douche that ever lived. He came to court dressed in an American Flag diaper. Think that pissed some people off? He always won his cases, though.

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    See http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/lafayette-and-st-landry-parishes-la-and-photographers/ for more detail. I posted on this earlier today. I wish I could say I foresaw it, but it’s just coincidence.

  • Fotaugrafee

    ‘Bout goddamn time you did something useful with all that pent-up frustration. :D

  • Shane Cormier

    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK LEGE. WE ARE BEHIND YOU 100%. SHOW THESE NAZIS WHO IS BOSS

  • twilliam

    Not everybody is behind you Alex. Police officers jobs are tough enough without added trouble…Seemed like the old fella didn’t want you film him and that should have been it. If you see an officer abusing his job, by all means try and video it and help the vic…or vice versa if the police officer is the vivtim. Otherwise have some respect for peoples privacy, even if you feel you can legally show no rerspect, that doesn’t mean you have to do it.

  • JTF168

    Bet they would ask for his help if a bomb went off. So hypocritical.

  • Rodney Jackson

    Consider New Orleans has been Involved in Major Corruption for awhile
    Consider, if a Rogue Officer is conducting Illegal Business and you are Recording it ?
    Don’t take my Word for it.
    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/gangsters_outlaws/cops_others/len_davis/4.html
    So, not only are you going to be “Kidnapped” and Arrested, you may end up in a Worse predicament.

  • David

    are they medical technicians? your an idiot.

  • tinynot

    buttwipes getting down on Alex, your nothing but trolls! anyone that attempts to even reason with them, complete waste of our time! ignore them is the best way to handle. either that or they taking way too many stupid pills! ALEX, way to go, too bad you aint down here in miami, i would be with you getting arrested. i could use an extra few thousand or so myself!

  • Difdi

    Incoherent troll is incoherent.

  • Difdi

    Why yes, the video CAN be used as evidence. It shows evidence that would be very useful to the FBI investigating an 18USC241 violation, it would also be very useful evidence in a 42USC1983 lawsuit.

    What it can’t do is be used as evidence against Lege, due to the fact that it shows he was a proper distance away, not in fact interfering with police, and the action he was arrested for is protected by the constitution.

    Especially if the police seized his newsgathering equipment. The police need exigent circumstances, probable cause that the use of the camera is itself a criminal act or a warrant to seize and search a citizen’s camera. To force the videographer to provide a copy, they need a subpoena. Since the camera was being used to gather news in a journalistic capacity, it has the same legal protections as the camera a news crew is using — Police legally cannot seize it at all since a warrant would be improper. If the police seized it anyway and viewed the contents without a warrant, then even if it did show criminal wrongdoing by Lege it would be inadmissible in court by the prosecution.

  • IHateFatChicks

    Most LE, especially in Lousiana, is corrupt and stupid.

  • deymo

    I wish I could grow a pair like this kid has.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-OBrien/100000964507290 Joseph O’Brien

    With cellphone cameras and the soon-to-be google glasses, (and others like them) the world will be filled with cameras. We’re nearly there now. You won’t be able to pick your nose or scratch your arse without it appearing on FB. These cops should just smile cuz ” You’re on Candid Camera!” I think a lot of cops will have to change their attitudes or their careers.

  • Mark

    Here is the number to the Mayors office. . . I just called and the Secretary was kinda freaked out. . .FLOOD their phone lines with calls people. THE MAYOR AT CITY HALL
    P.O. Box 1106
    Eunice, La. 70535
    (337) 457-7389

  • Chris H.

    Speaking of idiots, it was PRIVATE video footage that they used to id the bombers. Pull your head out.

  • Francisco_dAnconia

    You must not be up on current events.

  • Ron

    “You’re”.

    If you are going to call someone an idiot – have your own spelling spot on. Just sayin’

  • Difdi

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

  • merlin10

    The mayor has nothing to do with the PD in Eunice. The chief of police is an elected official. The secretary hinted to me that the mayor and city council have had issues with the PD and suggested that I ask for public records. She hinted that I might find that 70% of all charges filed by police in Eunice are thrown out for lack of evidence. Call the chief of police at 337 457 6595 or 337 457 6526. The chief sounds like a real hillbilly.

  • Hamlet

    And you have the Right to prattle on with the same old poor baby cop song and dance.. Doesn’t mean you should. You know who has it tougher than the Thin Blue Line? The rest of us. And it doesn’t matter what the “old fella” wants. He threatens law abiding citizens with violence. That makes him just another fucktard criminal lowlife. Not an “old fella” by golly gee. Shucks.

    Have some respect and move to North Korea. You will feel right at home sucking the cocks of jack booted thugs there too. Have you seen those guys. They give out medals for that. Lots and lots of metals. You will be with your own kind. You will be home and at peace.

    p.s. Great job Alex. Look out if this william (“t” for troll) is ever behind you. Can you say butt ranger?

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    I was a cop for 20 years and was filmed numerous times by citizens. I didn’t have anything to hide, so it never bothered me. I also respected the oath I swore to uphold the Constitution, which includes the First Amendment.

    Finally, someone in public has no reasonable expectation of privacy.

  • steveo

    What if he was just standing there watching? Is a bystander different who stands there watching than a bystander standing there with a recording device? No. Both are equal before the law. If they are lawfully present then they can stand there and watch. And he was lawfully present because he got permission to stand there. He’s lawfully present in a private area until his “invitation” is withdrawn. If his invitation is withdrawn, then he has to be warned and allowed to leave. The leos aren’t doing that here. Even if the store person is withdrawing the permission.

    I think it was Sen. Stevens during the debate before Congress for the 13th Amendment said, ” I can tell you that all men aren’t created equal. Men are just all equal before the Law. “

  • jackobean

    right idea; bad execution. next time, let the people you’re recording know you’re helping them; protecting them in case the police lie and step on their rights. Also, may I recommend you consider how you will sound, cursing and screwing w/ them when a judge or jury listens to your video: i.e., speak calmly and considerately.

  • 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.

  • Tom

    Carlos,

    You should include the video of his first unlawful arrest for flipping off a cop. Here’s the link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-Lzk3G6NjQ

    The arrest happens around 17:45. It pretty obvious the entire department has a pattern and practice of violating 1st Amendment rights.

  • steveo

    I don’t know about Louisana, but I have a letter from the 12th Circuit State Attorney in FL, who cites two cases , D.A.W vs. State 945 So. 2d 624 and H.A.P vs State as the legal authority that states that 15-30 ft from leos is acceptable. Personally, I think 15 ft is too close, but 30 ft should be acceptable to everyone as long as the journalist is not inciting others or talking to the detainees or threatening the leos. If a disgruntled citizen like in the above example approaches, I would ignore him and tell him to beat it. Talking to him only feeds his stupidity.

    Setting up a tripod helps because it allows you to be hands free. You could leave the camera and tripod in place and if the leo says you are too close to his crime scene, start walking away from the camera and see what happens. Everyone in the world will know that the leo doesn’t give a crap about you, just the camera.

    In LA, our resident law school advisor says that they have some idiotic rules of law that don’t include case precedent, so you may need help from the ACLU so that you don’t continually get nicked. We need Mickey O. to the rescue. Poor Mickey, never a days’ rest. Also, join the NPPA today, if you haven’t already.

  • rick

    http://static.infowars.com/2013/04/i/general/DHS-FBI-BostonMarathonIndicators.pdf

    Beware, the newest FBI/DHS bulletin!
    You might be a terrorist if you video record or buy gasoline.

    “Discreet use of cameras or video recorders, sketching, or note-taking
    consistent with pre-operational surveillance.”

    “Suspicious purchases of items that could be used to construct an
    explosive device, including hydrogen peroxide, acetone, gasoline, propane, or fertilizer.”

  • steveo

    It appeared to me that the journalist was on the easement of whatever property he was standing on. In FL, this is defined as “sidewalk” Statute 316.003 (47), the area from the curbline to the property line. And if I’m not mistaken, all vagrancy laws in the US have been stricken in every State, there is loitering, but not vagrancy. Maybe the Black Codes still exist in LA, who knows.

    The journalist needs some help from a good 1st Amendment lawyer, the prosecutors and the courts. He’s not going to get any slack from the leos until the courts tell them to back off.

    If this was me, I would do it pro-se, but I do know some procedure. I would file an emergency motion in the local or circuit court on the citizen’s right to be free from prior restraint and if the court wouldn’t hear my motion, I could file a writ of Mandamus in the US District Court, they would listen to me, if they wouldn’t I’d go to the appellate level, then the SCOTUS. No prior restraint has ever been granted by the SCOTUS in the history of the US. Once the lawyers get ahold of the motion, they’ll tell the leos to fxxking back off.

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    That’s not the right procedure. If you are seeking an injunction in the state court, the proper place for mandamus is the next level up in the state court system.

    However, prior restraint of free speech is a federal question, and I would file in the U.S. District Court to begin with, then, if necessary, go to the Fifth Circuit.

    I would stay completely out of the state court system, if possible.

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    Bad advice. Speaking to the stopped individuals is easily construed as interference, which supports the officer’s criminal charge against you.

    Stand back like you have been and just film.

  • James M 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.

  • steveo

    and I really wouldn’t get that upset with ignorant leos. The place to fight this battle is in the courts (just like Illinois) and with the feds and if we could start a line in Vegas, I’d say you had about 100-1 odds of winning. Even Rahm Emmanuel said that he wasn’t going to get into the habit of putting journalists in handcuffs.

    Larry Flynt won almost all of his cases on the issue of publishing material he wanted to publish even though it was objectionable to probably the majority of the citizens at the time. I love the quote he made to his lawyer, when his lawyer told him he wanted to quit. “Larry, said, ‘Quit? Why would you do that? As a client, I’m the most fun. I’m rich. And I’m always getting into trouble. What better client could you have?” Too bad were not as rich as Larry. But see, when you’re right, you’re right.

  • steveo

    What really tees me off is that every single news outlet in the State should come to this guys defense and pay for the lawyers’ time who defend the news outlets’ rights. Another example of how bad the paid media has become. I’d just stop by the local newspaper and yell out, ” How come I have to go to jail to defend your rights? “

  • JDS

    posting a link from an Alex Jones page doesn’t help our case, valid or not. Please keep your conspiracy sites to yourself.

  • 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…

  • James M Morriss

    Don’t fart that’s explosive too.

  • jackobean

    I’m saying if he’s approached as in THIS case – to avoid a fight (and, the interference charge). The guy was about to punch our hero here. And, an opportunity to get people onto the cause. What would you advise in THIS case, oh wise one?

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    To do exactly what he did (or tried to do). Assert your rights and not answer any questions. Don’t do anything that can be construed as interfering, not if you want to get the charges dropped.

    And that is also critical to the 1983 case for violating his First and Fourth Amendment rights, false arrest and imprisonment. If the officer have PC for the interfering arrest, you just lost 3/4 of your case.

    Film, don’t say anything to the officers or stopped individuals, submit to arrest, remain silent, and then sue later.

  • rick

    http://www.photographyisnotacrime.com/2013/04/26/dhs-and-fbi-release-statement-after-boston-bombings-that-photography-can-lead-to-terrorism/
    I guess PINAC is now a conspiracy site! Where’s my tinfoil hat?
    The link in the above post goes to the bulletin at Infowars, not the article.

  • rick

    For fun;
    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone isn’t out to get you!

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    I don’t know if the local photographer was from the Eunice Today newspaper, but their number is (337) 457-3061. It would be interesting to see what they have to say about this.

  • jackobean

    The only PC arose from Lege’s antagonizing the guy that was pulled over when he was approached by him. You’re not dealing w/ the actual scenario. Come back when you pass the Bar.

  • 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.

  • Proud GrandPa

    Ex Cop: Film, don’t say anything to the officers or stopped individuals, submit to arrest, remain silent, and then sue later.
    Right on. The most frustrating thing about the photog arrest videos I see online is the photog curses or yells at the LEO. That sabotages his case and leaves his lawyer with a bucket of sand for evidence.

  • HLW

    I too called and got a similar response

  • Krusty

    I just spoke with the Eunice PD duty Officer. In our conversation he stated the city has a law that prevents anyone filming a Eunice police officer any closer than a “city block”. I asked for the statute number so I could reference this further, he was unable to provide the number. I than said that a city block sounded rather random and if he could tell me how many feet are in a Eunice city block, of course he could not. The officer who arrested Mr. Lege was not available and can only be reached M-F after 5 AM. I encourage anyone who values freedom to call 337-457-2626 to voice your opinion and to ask questions about this illegal arrest.

  • krusty

    I called 337-457-7389 and asked for Mayor Rusty Moody unfortunately he was at a local school for a event. The assistant I spoke with had not heard of or was aware at all of Alex Lege arrest or the national interest in the Eunice PD for arresting someone one on erroneous charges in order to prevent them from filming the a police officer in public. I asked she leave a message for the Mayor suggesting he view the Youtube videos concerning Mr. Lege filing and arrest and she stated she would do so and that I may call back in about a hour to speak directly with the Mayor. In our discussion I mention that I was quite sure the Mayor would be embarrassed by what he will see in the videos. Call the Mayors office at 337-457-7389. Don’t be intimated by these bullying cops. They must be exposed. The squeaky wheel gets the grease so please call!

  • steveo

    good call, FL you could probably get some traction in the State court system because there is a lot of precedents on the side of the journalist, not much for the leos, but you probably need to go to federal in LA.

  • 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://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    Louisiana is not exactly known for having a above-board justice system, from the cops to the judges to the prisons. In Federal Court at least you get away from the good-old boy system.

    Plus, on Constitutional issues, the U.S. District Court will use precedent.

  • steveo

    Man, I’d love to try going to the US District Court there and preparing an injunction not unlike the verbage in ACLU vs. Alvarez, pretty similar except for the statute. Here they are using all the “catch all” nonsense. I don’t think the local attorneys would try to fight it, they’d just tell the leos to quit it.

  • Ed

    Could cops get insurance if their houses kept burning down?

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    LOL. Difdi, you know the “sovereign” loony-toons have to make inane comments. Just watch them from a distance and occasionally throw them a peanut. I’m just glad that he didn’t do the caps interspersed throughout the sentence routine.

  • io-io

    So if armed with a camera you need to be a city block away, but if you are just standing there as an onlooker, you can be within the city block? Does the Eunice PD clear everyone out of a city block radius every time they make a traffic stop? How about newspaper reporters, are they allowed closer than a city block?

    Is it a city ordinance or a police department policy that they “enforce” when they get the itch?

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    There is nothing in either the St Landry Parish Code or Arcania Parish Code on this. Although there are some Muni Codes in Louisiana on Lexis, the Eunice Code is not one of them.

    I would be extremely doubtful that this officer was correct, I think he is just pulling it out of his a$$. For one thing, any city attorney worth his salt would realize that the ordinance is unconstitutional on its face, much less as applied.

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    Why don’t you try and look at the videos again, Einstein. The old man that approached him was the wrecker driver AND that is not the incident where Lege was arrested. All that happened is Sgt Dunn threatened him with arrest.

    He was actually arrested at another stop (the last video on the page) and had never approached anyone involved with the stop, nor had anyone approached him until a police car pulled up to him. That is when he was initially detained and subsequently arrested.

    Thanks for playing.

  • jackobean

    I never once suggested he approach anyone. You missed my point. When the guy (doesn’t matter who he was) approached, Lege was antagonistic and nearly created a row, which police could say was interfering (whether or not they did then, it’s ill advised as I pointed out, before you did). Try reading.

  • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

    I don’t have a problem with people taking responsibility for their own life and actions. I do have a problem with people who think that the law does not apply to them, except of course the laws that are beneficial to them.

    Besides, the sovereign loons are dangerous to society, the public in general, and governmental officers and employees.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • James M 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.

  • James M 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.

  • James M Morriss

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

  • James M Morriss

    Is that like a race event for water?

  • jackobean

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

  • James M 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.

  • James M 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'”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Proud GrandPa

    Do the media in FL come to one another’s aid over anything? Other than a sensational stalking story, when have they publicized a competing station?
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  • Proud GrandPa

    Sounds like the officer was just blowing smoke at Krusty to get him off the phone. The customer service departments and gov’t agencies are similar. Thanks for setting the record straight.
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    Had any city attorney not objected to passing such a law, the new city attorney would demand his wages back!

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