UPDATE: This response to our petition was received from the EBR Sheriff's Office.
Please be advised that this was not the intent of EBRSO, and we will work with the La. Legislature to have the law removed from the La. books. We hope this resolves the petition. Please let us know if we can provide further information.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
We need to continue to ask the Sheriff's office to publicly state that they will discontinue enforcement of the CAN law on the books until the legislature or courts remove it.
At least a dozen men in the last two years have been arrested by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office for committing no crimes.
In a recent investigative report, the Baton Rouge Advocate discovered through examination of arrest records that the EBR Sheriff's office has been arresting men for violations of Louisiana's "crimes against nature" law, which was among the state laws declared unconstitutional in 2003 by the Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas and was declared unenforceable by the Louisiana Attorney General shortly thereafter.
The EBR Sheriff's Special Community Anti-Crime Team has posted teams of deputies in public parks to arrest men under this unconstitutional law for merely discussing or agreeing to have consensual sex in private with an undercover deputy. These “sting” operations have taken place for at least the last two years. The local district attorney's office has declined to prosecute any of these cases, because in none of them did any of the men arrested engage in or even discuss any illegal actions.
Baton Rouge has among the top ten highest murder rates of any city in the United States, and one of the highest overall violent crime rates as well. Please join us in asking Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III to stop wasting his deputies' time and the public's resources by trying to enforce unconstitutional laws and focus his efforts on protecting all residents of East Baton Rouge Parish from actual crimes.
- East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff
Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux III
Thank you for your response to the community and for expressing a willingness to work with the LA legislature to remove the CAN law from the books. I would also like to ask you for a public statement that you will stop enforcing the law until it is removed by either the legislature or the courts.
Baton Rouge has among the top ten highest murder rates of any city in the United States, and one of the highest overall violent crime rates as well. Please stop wasting your deputies' time and the public's resources by trying to enforce unconstitutional laws in ways that target gay men, and focus your efforts on protecting all residents of East Baton Rouge Parish from actual crimes.
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