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Our tax dollars at work.

So, apparently on July 18th a 65-year-old man in Baton Rouge was arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. Apparently, this is one of a dozen similar cases in the same jurisdiction in the last couple of years.

The couple met in public (Manchac Park). They chatted for a while, then the man followed the deputy to a nearby apartment, where he was promptly arrested.

In this case, as in the others, the D.A. refused to prosecute, on the grounds that no crime had occurred. No money changed hands, nor was there any promise or expectation of any such exchange, and the expectation of sex was not in a public place.

If you find this all more than a little puzzling, it may help to know that the police officer was male. Details here.
Personally, I find it puzzling just the same.

On the plus side, at least nobody got shot.



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Jul. 30th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
It's basic geography
Of course nobody got shot. Baton Rouge is in Louisiana, not Florida.
Jul. 30th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
"he arranged to meet with Sheriff’s Office investigators to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court ruling". I'm hoping that's a euphemism for "explain the term 'unconstitutional'" and not intended to mean they're actually going to discuss how to try to keep doing this. WTF Louisiana?

But, um, yay for people not getting shot?
Jul. 30th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a whole lot of someones didn't get the memo that the law had changed ten years ago. "But what do you MEAN we can't arrest someone for sodomy anymore?!?" Idiots. What the hell did you _think_ the D.A. was going to say? "Well, sure, boys, if you wanna book that queer, I'm sure we can find _something_ we can make stick...."

Ass hats.
Jul. 30th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Chilling Effect
I wonder how much of a chilling effect the arrests have, even if the DA throws out every case.
Jul. 31st, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
Cripes. It's been over ten years. Ten years!

One wonders how long it will be until these yahoos start arresting people for soliciting when the person they were soliciting is their spouse.

(Oh, and one does have to amend to, "and not my tax dollars". They pay for fake lakes instead.)

Edited at 2013-07-31 11:33 am (UTC)
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