Tell the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff to Stop Targeting Gay Men Using an Unconstitutional Law
  • Petitioned Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux III
  • Responded

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East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff
Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux III
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Tell the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff to Stop Targeting Gay Men Using an Unconstitutional Law

    1. Petition by

      Capital City Alliance

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July 2013

Victory

From Petition Organizer: The Sheriff has agreed to meet with Capital City Alliance and to release a statement that the “crimes against nature” law will not be enforced. It is CCA’s intention to discuss the appointment of an LGBT liaison to the Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s intentions to work with the legislature to remove this unconstitutional law from the books.

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.

EBRSO
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
sgautreaux@ebrso.org

 

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.

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    1. Thank the Sheriff and Continue to Ask Him to Stop Enforcing This Law

      We still need more petition signers to ask that this law not be enforced in the mean time until it is removed from the Louisiana books.

    2. Response 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.

      EBRSO
      East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
      sgautreaux@ebrso.org

    3. Decision-maker Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux III responds:

      Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux III

      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.


    4. Decision-maker Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux III responds:

      Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux III

      Please be advised that EBRSO's intent was not to target gay men. We will work with our legislature to get this law taken off the La. books.

      In light of the article in today’s paper, the Sheriff’s Office feels the need to issue a statem...


    5. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Golrick BATON ROUGE LA, LA
      • 9 months ago

      It is invasive and illegal. Plus what the officer did, as reported on the front page of The Advocate was clearly entrapment. To deny he was a law enforcement officer and then go to the person's apartment is also illegal!

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    • Jennifer Steinle NORCROSS, GA
      • 9 months ago

      Gay rights

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    • Bryan McCann DETROIT, MI
      • 9 months ago

      This is a nauseating affront to the legacy of Stonewall and decent people everywhere.

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    • DAWN COLLINS BATON ROUGE, LA
      • 9 months ago

      Profiling is WRONG. Period.

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    • Natalie Smith BATON ROUGE, LA
      • 9 months ago

      Because the people who are supposed to be ensuring the law is followed are knowingly committing unconstitutional harassment.

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