Posts Tagged ‘louisiana’

New Orleans Cop Rehired after Shooting at Unarmed Man to Receive Three Years Backpay

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

A New Orleans police officer got his job back earlier today after he was fired in 2014 for shooting at a suspect that supposedly had a gun during a high speed chase.
The investigation revealed that the suspect did not have a gun and was actually attempting to flee from the officer, but the New Orlean’s  Civil Service Commission cited a lack of evidence to support the officer’s firing, reports WWL.
The officer’s attorney Kevin Boshea said his client was eager to return to police work.
Isaiah Shannon was a six-year veteran officer with the New Orlean’s Police Department when in 2013 he encountered a Chevrolet Impala in what he described as a high-crime area. Shannon was on a special task force designated to target hot zone crime areas.
The two occupants in the Impala were not wearing seat belts, so Officer Shannon and the other officers on scene attempted to make a traffic stop.
The driver of the Impala refused to stop as it ran several stop signs and red lights, eventually losing control and crashing into a pickup truck.
Officers were then able to force the driver out of the car and onto the ground.
But the passenger identified as Terrell Chapman ignored Shannon’s commands not to move and instead reached for a gun jumped in the back seat and ran from the vehicle, according to the officer.
Shannon said when he saw Chapman reaching, he pulled out his department-issued gun and fired a shot at Chapman, narrowly missing him.
But higher ranking officer Lt. Ken Burns stated that Shannon shot at Chapman after he was already out of the vehicle and running away.
There was private surveillance video that captured the encounter, but the footage was grainy and without audio. The video revealed Chapman exiting the vehicle and the crowd reacting to a gunshot.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison fired Officer Shannon in November 2014,

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WATCH: PINAC Correspondent Arrested for not repeating his name

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Camp Beauregard, Pineville Louisiana Friday, July 7, 2017, while conducting a First Amendment audit of the access control point to the Louisiana National Guard headquarters at Camp Beauregard, David Worden, a.k.a.(News Now Houston) was arrested for not repeating his name (RS 14:108 — Resisting an officer)  when asked by a Pineville police officer.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-l6F7QZwiY?feature=oembed&w=620&h=349] As the video begins Worden is outside the main entrance to Camp Beauregard when he first encounters a uniform military police officer, the conversation is friendly as they discuss where and where not David can stand and document his surroundings. The conversation continues and David discusses street signs and the state right-of-way, as well as various military post’s practices and procedures as they relate to static displays of military equipment and the procedures civilians would have to go through in order to photograph the displays on base.
All seems to be well as the uniform military member walks away and heads back towards his vehicle when suddenly out of the entrance arrives a state-owned and marked official vehicle driven by Rufus Jones who holds the rank in the Louisiana Army National Guard of Command Sergeant Major, assigned to 528th Engineer Battalion. Yet listen while you watch the video and he says something completely different, he claims to be part of force protection responsible for counterterrorism activities. Which none of which is true. When we come to find out is Mr. Jones is a local police officer with the city of Pineville Louisiana and was formerly employed by Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office, but was terminated when the current Sheriff was elected.
Mr. Jones was acting as if he was conducting official National Guard business while acting as if he was conducting official Pineville Police Department business simultaneously, we have reached out to both the Louisiana governor’s office as well as the

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USDOJ Will Not Charge Louisiana Cops who Killed Alton Sterling

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Standing by its vow to remain supportive of police in a time of nationwide scrutiny against police abuse, the United States Department of Justice will not pursue charges against the Louisiana cops who shot and killed Alton Sterling last summer – setting the stage for nationwide protests again.
Baton Rouge police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake claimed they were in fear for their lives as they piled on top of Sterling and shot him to death by firing several bullets into his chest.
They then pulled a small gun from his pocket, which they said he was reaching for during the struggle.
But witness videos of the shooting show the cops had his arms pinned and his hands were nowhere near his pockets.
However, as tough as it was to prosecute murdering cops under the Obama Administration, it will be nearly impossible to do so under the Trump Administration, who ran on the platform to give police more power.
The decision not to prosecute Sterling is the first high-profile case decided by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions.
The USDOJ has not formally announced its decision, but four people familiar with the matter spoke to the Washington Post, confirming the decision has already been made.
Instead, the USDOJ is vigorously pursing charges against a 61-year-old Code Pink activist who laughed out loud during Sessions’ confirmation hearing in January after an Alabama senator claimed the attorney general’ record of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”
Although two witness videos emerged from the Sterling shooting,  Baton Rouge police seized surveillance video from the convenience store without a warrant or subpoena that has not yet been made public.
They also handcuffed and detained the shop owner as they helped themselves to the surveillance video, prompting a lawsuit.
The man who posted one of the videos after obtaining it from the witness was

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Louisiana Town Clerk Calls Cops on PINAC Reporter Making Public Records Request

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

It may sound crazy to someone who doesn’t regularly participate in the decision-making process of the government that people like me would feel the need to be informed about what government officials are doing in our name and at our expense.
Those of us who actively participate in the process are generally labeled by public officials and their supporters as being disruptive; unruly troublemakers hell bent on tearing the community apart. It’s a common attitude that people like myself face and it scares away many people who may be interested in what the government is doing.
That was the attitude I faced from a small-town clerk in Welsh, Louisiana Tuesday when I made a public records request for documents pertaining to the creation of a separate bank account the town had set up outside of the general fund for the collection of certain fines and fees.
The account did not include a line item on the budget to track it and it appeared that the chief was overspending his budget by more than five percent without making the necessary amendments.  It was a simple mistake that would have been easily corrected.
In this instance, the clerk seemed upset that anyone would even question her, even though I never accused her of anything and truly believed the mistake could easily be corrected.  I only asked to see the record so that I could make my own educated decision, but I don’t think the clerk respected that and she was sure to let me know.
This record’s request was unlike anything I have ever seen before, and I’ve been making public records request for at least 15 years.  The clerk, Stephanie Benoit, began our interaction by being rude on the phone when I called to follow up on the records request that I sent to the city’s email account. 

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Louisiana Cop who Shot and Killed 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy Sentenced to 40 Years

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

A Louisiana cop who shot and killed a 6-year-old autistic boy and wounded his father was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the crime on Friday.
“He shot 14 times while my hands were in the air,” said Chris Few, the boy’s father, who testified in court about the incident.
“He just kept shooting.”
Marksville city marshal Derrick Walker Stafford had previously been indicted in two separate cases on charges of aggravated rape 2004 and 2011. The victim involved in the 2004 allegations was 15-years-old.
Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Monique Metoyer dismissed the charges without explanation in 2012.
In addition to previous sexual assault charges, Stafford had six civil rights lawsuits pending against him from his time working for various other law enforcement agencies when he fired 14 shots into Chris Few’s Kia SUV, hitting and killing his son, 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis.
Now, Stafford’s relatives claim the jury’s guilty verdict is nothing more than a modern day “lynching.”
“If it had been two white men who killed that little baby, it would’ve been justifiable homicide. If it had been a black baby, it would’ve been justifiable homicide,” Bertha Andrews, Stafford’s aunt, told a crowd outside the courthouse on Friday before she took to calling out the media, who she blames for “demonizing” her nephew.
Stafford stated at the time he fired over a dozen shots into Few’s car while Few held up his hands outside of his vehicle because he was only trying to protect his partner, Norris Greenhouse Jr., who had fallen on the ground before Few tried to run him over, using his car as a weapon.
Stafford’s own body cam footage left no questions.
That was a lie.
Stafford’s body cam footage shows the car not only never moved but was parked at an angle where it could not have backed into either of the cops even if

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Louisiana Cop Convicted for Killing 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy

Monday, March 27th, 2017

A Louisiana cop who fatally shot a 6-year-old autistic boy five times on November 3, 2015 was convicted of the crime on Friday.
Marksville city marshal Derrick Stafford found himself in hot water before in 2011 when he was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, but Rapides Parish assistant district attorney Monique Metoyer dismissed the charges without explanation.
During the recent trial, Stafford testified in his own defense and attempted to explain to jurors why he didn’t render any aid to 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis, who was riding in the passenger seat with his father Chris Few when he was shot and killed.
Jeremy Mardis, left, and father, Chris Few, right.
“I was in complete shock,” he told jurors.
Stafford, along with his partner, Norris Greenhouse Jr., who is believed to have had an affair with the boy’s mother, is awaiting trial on the same charges.
Stafford and Greenhouse gave the same old excuse to kill, claiming they tried to pull Few over for a warrant, then feared for their lives after Few attempted to run them over by backing into Greenhouse, who had fallen on the ground.
However, dash cam video shows the car not only never moved but was parked at an angle where it could not have backed into the cops even if it tried.
The video instead shows Chris Few inside the car with his hands out the window parked perpendicular to Stafford and Greenhouse Jr. when they roll up in their police cars, jump out and blast rounds into Few’s vehicle.
Five rounds struck Jeremy Mardis, an autistic first-grader, in the head and chest, killing him.
Stafford and Greenhouse claim they had no idea Jeremy was sitting beside his father in the passenger seat.
Three days later, Stafford and Greenhouse were arrested on murder charges with their bonds set at $1

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WATCH: Louisiana Deputy Body Slams 80-Pound, 7th-Grader at Bus Stop

Friday, March 17th, 2017

A Louisiana sheriff’s deputy was caught on video body slamming a seventh-grader less than half his size to the ground while breaking up a fight at Westdale Middle School.
Now the Baton East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is defending the deputy’s actions.
A spokeswoman for the department, Casey Hicks, responded to WASB  about the video saying that sometimes use force is necessary in order to neutralize situations.
But the teen’s mom, who doesn’t want to be identified, said the deputy’s use of force was extreme for a boy who weighs only 80 pounds.
“He was involved in a fight and was wrong for fighting, but yes, the officer was wrong for taking and slamming him on the ground. That’s not the proper way to break up a fight,” she said.
“He could’ve broke his hip, his arm, or anything.”
Hicks claims the deputy in the video used the proper amount of force and had no other option but to toss the teen on the ground like a rag doll.
“Rather than deploy a taser or pepper spray that may affect those around the subjects fighting, the deputy physically removed the juvenile,” Hicks argued.
“Had the deputy tried to physically restrain the juvenile while he was combative, he may have then been required to use additional force, which could have resulted in injury. It is unfortunate when law enforcement must intervene due to individuals choosing to engage in violent behavior,” she added, pointing out the video doesn’t show what happened before the boy was body slammed.
But the deputy appears to outweigh the boy by more than 100 pounds.
According to his mom, the teen’s back was examined by a doctor and didn’t suffer any serious injuries from being tossed by the deputy, although he did suffer some cuts and bruises from the incident.
“I really didn’t believe it and then I really didn’t

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Louisiana Jailer Sued for Sexually Abusing Juvenile Inmate, Threatening to Harm Mother for Refusing to Obey

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

A Louisiana jailer has been sued for repeatedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old inmate and threatening to harm her mother if she didn’t obey his commands.
During the girl’s seven month stint in the juvenile tier of the St. Bernard Parish Juvenile Detention Center, Deputy Eddie Williams subjected her to constant harassment, ordering her to disrobe and masturbate in certain places so he could view video of her via the jail’s remote security camera.
Deputy Williams, who has been with the department since 2007, was placed on administrative leave in December 2015 pending an investigation into abusing the minor.
“Internal Affairs specialist investigated the allegation but found no evidence to substantiate a charge,” said Sheriff James Pohlmann, who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
“New allegations involving the same girl have been made and Williams has been transferred to work in the parish’s adult prison pending an Internal Affairs investigation,” Pohlmann later revealed, according to the Advocate.
According to the lawsuit, which you can read here, filed by the girl and her mother who are referred to by their initials, Williams requested to see C.L. in her “birthday suit.”
He also ordered her to get naked and “play with herself.” And he ordered her to her to sit on the ground with her legs open and to stand in a specific location in the shower so he could view her naked. He also ordered her to get naked over the intercom in her cell so he could observe her over a video camera remotely.
Williams stated to the teen he knew where her mother lived, and threatened to kill her unless she complied with his orders.
The lawsuit further states the Williams actions would be considered crimes of “Indecent Behavior With a Juvenile” in violation of La.R.S.  14:81, and “Molestation of a Juvenile in violation of L.a.

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New Orleans Cop Serving Life in Prison has Conviction Reversed Based on Raunchy Texts he Sent to his Girlfriend During Trial

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

A New Orleans cop serving life in prison after he was convicted of raping a seven-year-old girl last year had his conviction overturned Wednesday over texts he was sending to his girlfriend during the trial.
Michael Thomassie, 42, was sending texts to his girlfriend about how he would like her to shave her pubic hair.
The texts were then introduced as evidence to argue that he would be inclined to rape a prepubescent girl  because he preferred no pubic hair.
An appeals court reversed the conviction on the basis that there is no evidence that proves men who prefer adult woman to shave their genital area tend to be pedophiles.
The 4th Circuit stated in its opinion that the judge should never have allowed the texts to be entered as evidence because they “constitute irrelevant, prejudicial appeals to emotion and inflammatory arguments going before the facts of the case,” according to The Times-Picayune. 
The victim in the trial was 19 years old when she testified against him last year, telling the jury that he raped her in 2003 at the age of seven when he was her mother’s live-in boyfriend – who is not the woman he was texting during the trial.
But she did not report the rape until 2013 because her substance-abusing mother was financially dependent on the cop, prosecutors argued.
Also, the 12-year-old son of the cop and the girl’s mother testified on his behalf, claiming that his mother had testified to walking in on the cop raping her daughter to obtain custody of him after his father was sent to prison.
But it was the introduction of the texts that led to the reversal.
During the August 2015 trial, Thomassie sent selfies to his girlfriend while having a raunchy text conversation, apparently not at all concerned that his life was on the line.
“No hair is

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U.S. election voted top news story of 2016

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The turbulent U.S. election, featuring Donald Trump‘s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, was the overwhelming pick for the top news story of 2016, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.
The No. 2 story also was a dramatic upset — Britons’ vote to leave the European Union. Most of the other stories among the Top 10 reflected a year marked by political upheaval, terror attacks and racial divisions.
Last year, developments related to the Islamic State group were voted as the top story — the far-flung attacks claimed by the group, and the intensifying global effort to crush it.
The first AP top-stories poll was conducted in 1936, when editors chose the abdication of Britain’s King Edward VIII.
Here are 2016’s top 10 stories, in order:
1. US ELECTION: This year’s top story traces back to June 2015, when Donald Trump descended an escalator in Trump Tower, his bastion in New York City, to announce he would run for president. Widely viewed as a long shot, with an unconventional campaign featuring raucous rallies and pugnacious tweets, he outlasted 16 Republican rivals. Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton beat back an unexpectedly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders, and won the popular vote over Trump. But he won key Rust Belt states to get the most electoral votes, and will enter the White House with Republicans maintaining control of both houses of Congress.
2. BREXIT: Confounding pollsters and oddsmakers, Britons voted in June to leave the European Union, triggering financial and political upheaval. David Cameron resigned as prime minister soon after the vote, leaving the task of negotiating an exit to a reshaped Conservative government led by Theresa May. Under a tentative timetable, final details of the withdrawal might not be known until the spring of 2019.
3. BLACKS KILLED

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WATCH: Louisiana Cop Cleared for Beating Restrained 16-year-old Boy on Video

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

A Baton Rouge police officer was cleared of any wrongdoing for striking a restrained 16-year-old boy several times in the head at the city’s annual Earth Day event in an incident caught on video last April.
 
The department found there was “insufficient evidence” to support a complaint against Sergeant Todd Bourgoyne in the beating of Ja’Colby Davis, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.
“The internal affairs complaint against the policeman, Sgt. Todd Bourgoyne, was found to be “not sustained” by Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. on August 25, according to police spokesman Lt. Jonny Dunnam, meaning investigators didn’t find evidence of wrongdoing or a violation of department policy.”
Bourgoyne, a 22-year veteran of the department, was placed on administrative leave with pay following the incident but was quietly placed back on active duty two weeks later, four months before the conclusion of the investigation, even though this wasn’t the first time Bourgoyne has been investigated by the department for his conduct.
According to a previous Advocate article:
“The officer was suspended for 87 days in early 2000 after admitting he kissed, hugged and sexually touched a woman in her apartment the same night she’d called police to report a domestic dispute with her boyfriend, according to contemporaneous reports in The Advocate.
Bourgoyne initially denied the woman’s allegations to both internal affairs investigators and the police chief before admitting to the complaint and accepting the punishment, which also included a stipulation that Bourgoyne undergo an evaluation to see if he should get treatment.
While testifying at a later unrelated civil service hearing for another officer, then-Police Chief Greg Phares said Bourgoyne’s actions may have constituted sexual battery and that, in retrospect, “I would probably take different and more severe action.” An editorial by The Advocate at the time criticized the suspension and called for Bourgoyne’s dismissal.”
Police had accused Davis of

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WATCH: Louisiana Cops Shoot into Car, Killing 6-Year-Old Jeremy Mardis

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Body cam footage showing Louisiana cops shooting into a car and killing a 6-year-old boy sitting in the passenger seat of his father’s car was released earlier today, showing no evidence that the cops were in fear for their lives as they have been claiming since last year.
After all, not only does the video not show Christopher Few using his car as a weapon by ramming his car into their cars.
His car is not even pointed in their direction.
What it does show is Few sitting in his car with both hands out the window as his car is angled perpendicular to the two Marksville City Marshals who pull up in their cars, step out and start shooting.
Derrick Stafford, left, and Norris Greenhouse Jr.
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The incident took place November 3, 2015 after marshals Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. claimed they tried to pull Few over for an outstanding warrant.
But it turned out, there was never a warrant for Few’s arrest. Nor was there a gun in the car.
But his son was in the car, a 6-year-old boy named Jeremy Mardis who had been diagnosed with autism. He was shot five times.
The video, which is what led to murder and attempted murder charges against the two cops, captures their surprise when they realized they had just killed a child.
Jeremy Mardis, left, and father, Chris Few, right.
“I never saw a kid in the car, man,” Stafford tells Greenhouse according to the Associated Press, which has not published that part of the video yet.
“I never saw a kid, bro.”
But ballistics indicate he fired his gun 14 times, striking the child at least three times.
Greenhouse fired four times, but they have not determined if his bullets struck anybody.
The footage is from a body cam worn

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WATCH: Louisiana Cop Punch, Kick And Drag Compliant Suspect, Landing him in Jail

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

A Louisiana cop was caught on a store surveillance camera in April kicking, punching and dragging a handcuffed suspect who appeared to offer no resistance.
Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson fired Robert Wallow Thursday just before charging him with simple battery and malfeasance in office on Friday. Wallow was booked into the Jefferson Parish Jail.
The officer was responding to a burglary call at a local gas station when Carlos Gustavo Pineda, 21, exited the station wearing a black ski mask. Wallow took Pineda into custody but not before trowing him on the ground and delivering three hard blows to his head and neck.
After Pineda was placed in handcuffs, Wallow is seen kicking him several times while another officer looks on and does nothing.
As reported by NOLA.com
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Wallow was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 26. The department terminated him Thursday. 
“We certainly have acted swiftly upon discovering this information,” Lawson said. 
At least one other officer has been placed on administrative leave, Lawson said, though he did not name the officer.
Lawson is also investigating why it took so long for police administration to learn of the excessive force allegation in light of an internal investigation opened by Wallow’s supervisors in the Field Operations Bureau on April 25.  
“It all had been documented, it just did not move as quickly as it should have,” Lawson said.
And because the investigation didn’t move as quickly as it should have the chief has opened an internal investigation into how the original investigation was handled.
Pineda pleaded guilty to five counts of simple burglary and was sentenced to probation.
Wallow faces five-and-a-half years in jail and fines of up to $6,000.
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Louisiana Sheriff Faces More Charges for Ordering Deputies to Beat Inmates

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Embattled Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal
Iberia Louisiana Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal, Lt. Colonel Gerald Savoy and former Captain Mark Fredrick were named in a second superseding indictment handed down today by the United States Western District Court in Lafayette.
Ackal was originally indicted in March on civil rights violations related to the beating of five inmates in the chapel of the parish jail.  Another indictment was also handed down in June for other civil rights charges related to the beating of a prisoner in retaliation for the assault of one of Ackal’s relatives.
In June, after the first superseding indictment against him, Ackal defiantly told a KLFY reporter the following:
“What they have cannot be substantiated. It’s bull as far as I’m concerned. I’m very disgusted and aggravated that this is continuing and continuing. There still running grand jury which is costing the taxpayers quite a bit of money. But, let’s see if they can come up with anything else.”
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But it looks like investigators and the grand jury did come up with something else. The indictment includes new allegations that Ackal instructed his employees and supervisors to “work over” anyone who “sassed or spit” on them, among other things.
According to the indictment:
“Ackal further directed IPSO employees and supervisors during various staff meetings that if they ‘worked over’ a person, hey should charge the person with resisting arrest. Ackal instructed senior IPSO officials involved in Internal Affairs (IA) that, if a use of force complaint came in and the paperwork indicated that the subject ‘resisted arrest,’ the IA official should find the complaint unfounded.”
 Ackal’s directives may not have sat well with internal affairs investigators after a November 2008 altercation between three drunk off -duty narcotics agents that encountered two African American men and violently assaulted them. An Iberia

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Louisiana Sheriff Flack Arrested Again for Felony Theft

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

In an unexpected twist to a story covered by PINAC in April, Maxine Trahan, former spokesperson for the Acadia Louisiana Sheriff’s Department, was arrested again Wednesday morning on charges of Exploitation of the infirm and one for Felony Theft. The new charges relate to the alleged theft of more than $40,000 from a elderly woman who Trahan drove to doctor’s appointments and sometimes ran errands for.
Trahan was first arrested in April after PINAC investigated allegations she was receiving more than 50 overtime hours each week on her sheriff’s deputy payroll check.  Those allegations have yet to be addressed by local law enforcement.
Acadia Parish District Attorney Keith Stutes’ office began their own investigation into allegations that Trahan was stealing from the drug siezure fund.  That investigation found that Trahan had failed to deposit over $40,000 of drug seizure money that was given to her to deposit by local police agencies on several different occasions. Trahan was charged then with felony theft and booked into the Acadia Parish Jail. She was released the same day after posting a property bond valued at $50,000.
The victim says she did not know that she had put up her home and property for Trahan’s original bond.
Which brings us to the twist in this story.
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It turns out that the property mortgaged by the $50k release bond was put up by an elderly acquaintance of Trahan who didn’t have the capacity to understand what she was doing when she signed the paperwork for the bond.
As reported by KATC.com;
“Maxine Trahan is accused of using an elderly woman’s home and property as bond for release on her original criminal charges – without the older woman’s knowledge or consent.
The warrant for Trahan’s arrest details the incident.
The warrant says that Trahan had known the woman for

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Louisiana Man Charged with Hate Crime for “Verbally Attacking” Cops (Updated)

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Less than four months after Louisiana gave cops hate crime victim status with the nation’s first Blue Live Matters bill, New Orleans police made what appears to be the state’s first arrest under that law Monday.
A drunk man who yelled racist and sexist slurs at officers after they arrested him for disorderly conduct and damaging property in the French Quarter
New Orleans police say Raul Delatoba called a black cop a “dumb ass nigger” and a female cop a “dumb ass cunt,” which in their eyes, is a hate crime – punishable by an extra five years in prison.
That is, if New Orleans police are able to make the charge stick against the homeless man.
According to NOLO:
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Raul Delatoba, 28, was booked Monday (Sept. 5) on charges of simple criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace and a felony-level hate crime, his arrest warrant says. During his arrest, but after he had broken the window, Delatoba is accused of using sexist and racial slurs against police officers, the document shows.
The regional director of the Anti-defamation League, an organization that trains law enforcement agencies to enforce hate crimes, said she does not believe a hate crime occurred in this incident, based on the circumstances described in Delatoba’s warrant.
Allison Padilla-Goodman, the group’s director, said she believes Delatoba is possibly the first person charged with a hate crime under the “blue lives matter” provision the Legislature recently added to the state’s hate crime law. The provision adds law enforcement occupation to the list of targeted victims for which a hate crime applies.
According to arrest documents, Delatoba was drunk and banging on a window at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St. around 5:15 a.m. Monday, when a witness who heard the banging told him

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