What is turning out to have been a bad idea is a law that was intended to protect police officers in the state from anti-police violence. The ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law, passed last legislative session, is now being used to police language towards officers.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) arrested a man after breaking a window and is “accused of using sexist and racial slurs against police officers,” according to NOLA.com.
34 year-old Raul Delatoba was arrested in the city as the first official resident of the state to be arrested under the ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law, which the Hayride warned was a bad idea at the time of its passage by state lawmakers.
Here’s exactly what went down:
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 to stop. Delatoba’s warrant says he yelled at the witness, “calling him a n—–.”
That witness, a security guard who works at a nearby building’s mezzanine, along with a security supervisor for the Royal Sonesta, flagged down two Louisiana State Troopers who then escorted Delatoba to NOPD’s 8th District station, the warrant states. Once at the station, the warrant states, Delatoba began to verbally “attack members of the New Orleans Police Dept.” The warrant states Delatoba called one female officer a “dumb a– c—” and another officer a “dumb a– n—–.”
But now, the law is being questioned as the unintended consequences of hate crime laws have proven to imprison Americans for simply words they have used.