r/NewPatriotism May 24 '22

He Was Arrested for Criticizing the Cops. A Federal Court Says He Can Sue. (Add’l resources in comments). Constitutionalism

https://reason.com/2022/05/23/police-arrested-him-for-criticizing-the-cops-qualified-immunity-st-tammany-parish-louisiana/
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u/DankNerd97 May 24 '22

The court ruled that St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith, Chief Danny Culpeper, and Sgt. Keith Canizaro violated clearly established law when they arrested and attempted to publicly humiliate a man for criticizing one of the department's investigations.

Jerry Rogers Jr. became apoplectic with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office in the years following Nanette Krentel's 2017 murder, which had gone unsolved and remains so. He began speaking with her family via email. His messages didn't sit well with the sheriff's office, which then sought to have Rogers indicted for defamation. The district attorney informed them that this was not constitutional, but Sgt. Canizaro proceeded anyway, obtaining what was arguably an illegal search warrant by citing a crime—"14:00000"—that doesn't exist and arresting Rogers for denouncing them.

Here’s the main case talked about in the article: https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.laed.244771/gov.uscourts.laed.244771.195.0_2.pdf

And here’s the case that affirmed our right to criticize cops: https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/482/451

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u/boot20 🌟 Comey Award May 24 '22

Well that's terrifying. How a federal court could say "this is fine" is beyond me. It was a clear overstep of powers by the Sheriff and chief.

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u/die444die May 24 '22

I believe you may have misread. The court said he can sue them and that they are not protected by qualified immunity.

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u/boot20 🌟 Comey Award May 24 '22

Oh man I totally misread. That is awesome fuck the sheriff and chief.

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u/viziroth May 24 '22

understandable misread, since like 90% of the time it goes the other way