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.

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  • 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.
    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.

  • 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?

  • 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.
    Had any city attorney not objected to passing such a law, the new city attorney would demand his wages back!

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

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