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DA refuses 'blue lives matter' hate crime against man who cursed cops during arrest | The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/24/16 | Emily Lane, | The Times-Picayune

Posted on 10/26/2016 4:04:23 PM PDT by BBell

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's Office has refused to prosecute a felony hate crime against a man whose arrest documents accuse him of shouting racist and sexist slurs at police officers during his arrest for vandalizing a hotel window.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman, a spokesman for Cannizzaro's office, said Monday (Oct. 24) the police officers Raul Delatoba cursed at were not victims of the crime that prompted his arrest initially. Rather, the "disparaging remarks" to officers were made during or after he was apprehended. The office officially refused the charges about two weeks ago.

Delatoba, 34, was arrested Sept. 5 on a charge of felony hate crime, in addition to charges related to damaging a window at the Royal Sonesta hotel. The case appeared to be the first application of the state's new "blue lives matter" provision, which the Louisiana Legislature recently added to the hate crimes statute, according to the the director of the Anti-Defamation League of Louisiana. Allison Padilla-Goodman, the group's director, said last month the law and its new provision — which added police officers and other first responders as a class of hate crime victims — were wrongly applied in Delatoba's case.

Additionally, NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble said Sept. 8 that after reviewing the case, it was "clear that the responding officer incorrectly applied" the hate crime law. Gamble at the time said it was up to the district attorney to decide whether or not to pursue the hate crime charge.

Court records show the district attorney's office on Oct. 12 refused the hate crime charge. A charge of disturbing the peace related to the same incident was also refused. However, Delatoba was formally charged with simple criminal damage to property in an Oct. 6 bill of information. His charge indicates the damage

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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: bluelivesmatter; da; hatecrime
Well the D.A. is actually a sensible guy. Too many hate crimes laws.
1 posted on 10/26/2016 4:04:23 PM PDT by BBell
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To: BBell

The DA must have been awake during Con Law.

2 posted on 10/26/2016 4:16:54 PM PDT by PAR35
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