Updated – Louisiana Woman Ticketed for Indecent Exposure
A Louisiana woman ticketed for indecent exposure will have the charges against her dismissed after visiting with city officials in the town of Winnfield. TikTok creator @kazzi112 took to the social media platform to decry a ticket she received while attending a street fair in Winnfield back in June. She was ticketed for indecent exposure but many who viewed her story could not understand why charges were brought against her in the first place.
It turns out the charges will be dismissed after a meeting between Winnfield Chief of Police Johnny Ray Carpenter, Winnfield City Attorney Herman Castete, and her attorney. That meeting happened on July 12rth In that meeting, the city officials admitted that @kazzi112's outfit was in fact not illegal.
Let's hear directly from @kazzi112 as she explains what happened in that meeting.
According to a story published in the Shreveport Times, Casy LaCaze-Lacheny, that's @kazzi112's real name, the city attorney will have the charges against her dropped. As LaCaze-Lachney indicated in the video that might require another trip to court to have the ticket removed from her record.
But, the Shreveport Times story did say that a Police Lieutenant, Chuck Curry, ordered three of his officers, one of which was his wife, to cite Lacaze-Lachney based on the outfit she was wearing. None of the three officers had their body cameras turned on to record what happened.
Perhaps the greater concern for the people of Winnfield is the fact that the order to cite LaCaze-Lacheny was not only improper but it came from a high-ranking police official. And, the three lower-level officers who were instructed to carry out the Lieutenant's request did not follow proper procedures because they did not activate their body cameras while carrying out the orders of a superior.
In the recently released TikTok video from LaCaze-Lachney she alluded to the fact that while there was no police body camera video, which there should have been, there was bystander video that indicated LaCaze-Lachney was in fact wearing the outfit she said she was wearing and that she remained calm during the entire process.
You can see the bystander video in the corner of another of @kazzi112's TikTok videos.
Perhaps Winnfield Chief of Police Carpenter needs to review the behavior of his Lieutenant Chuck Curry. The three officers involved in the citation, one of which was confirmed to be his wife Angie Curry were simply following the orders of a superior officer. However, the fact that body cameras were not turned on does seem to suggest that three officers might have also violated a code of conduct and procedures too.
It's a shame that LaCaze-Lacheny was subjected to the citation, the embarrassment, and the lack of professionalism demonstrated by Lieutenant Curry and the officers he ordered to improperly enforce a town ordinance. The people of Winnfield deserve better.
[Original Story]Fashion sense, many people claim to have it while others fabulously flaunt their aversion to it. I would fall in that latter class. I have never understood dress codes and why we have to have them but I guess playing golf in short pants and a t-shirt in 100-degree heat doesn't make sense to anyone but me. Those dark slacks and ugly polo shirts certainly do make the game better, NOT.
But this is a different kind of fashion faux pas story. Actually, it's not really about a fashion mistake, it's more about an interpretation of what someone else was wearing and it has caused quite a bit of consternation in the north Louisiana town of Winnfield.
If you're not familiar with Winnfield it is the parish seat of Winn Parish. The population according to Wikipedia is 15,313. A little over 5,000 residents reside in the town of Winnfield. A town that has been the birthplace of three Louisiana Governors and after today might be known as the town that's still stuck back in the 1950s.
Here's the story.
@kazzi112 is a creator on Tik Tok and she was recently at an event in Winnfield Louisiana. She was approached by three female police officers and given a citation for indecent exposure because of her outfit. @kazzi112 can't believe that she got a ticket. I can't believe she got a ticket for the outfit she was wearing. It was more than "conservative" enough for outside in the Louisiana summer heat.
Before you click on the video I must warn you that @kazzi112 drops more than a few F-Bombs so her language is NSFW, but I don't think the same applies to her outfit, well maybe not safe for "work" but certainly okay enough to wear to a festival when the heat index is in the triple-digits.
You watch and you decide.
Despite the F-Bombs, I agree with @kazzi112, the officers didn't make the best choice in this case. Perhaps there is more to the story than we are aware of but the ruckus raised by the 3.8 million views of @kazzi112's video did cause the Winnfield Police Department to respond via social media in a rather cryptic way.
One thing needs to be made clear here, I don't fault the police officers for doing what they felt was necessary to enforce the law. Remember, the police simply issued the citation, it will be up to the court to decide if @kazzi112 violated the city's statutes and is deserving of that citation.
The Winnfield Police post even references the fact that the "citizen" was given a date in Winnfield City Court to plead her case and dispute any charges. That's the American way.
By the way, @kazzi112 recorded a follow-up video to address your questions and concerns about her citation.
It's a shame a fun family festival had to be marred with some people being overly concerned about another person's appearance. I am guessing they don't have Walmart in Winnfield because if they do, they will see a lot less clothing and a lot more skin than what we've seen here.
But wait, we have one more update for those who have asked about legal concerns and getting legal representation.
So, if we made you the judge, how would you decide this case? Stick with the citation? Or, would you dismiss the charges? One thing is for sure when you visit Winnfield be sure to set your clock back a few years as far as social norms are concerned, they like the good ole days so much, and they appear to be wanting to stay right there in them.
And, since we are on the subject of laws we didn't know we were breaking, here are a few more for you to consider.
10 Louisiana Laws You Don't Know You're Breaking