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    Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law

    Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law | Home | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

    An undercover East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy was staking out Manchac Park about 10 a.m. one day this month when a slow-moving sedan pulling into the parking lot caught his attention. The deputy parked alongside the 65-year-old driver and, after denying being a cop, began a casual conversation that was electronically monitored by a backup team nearby.


    As the two men moved their chat to a picnic table, the deputy propositioned his target with “some drinks and some fun” back at his place, later inquiring whether the man had any condoms, according to court records. After following the deputy to a nearby apartment, the man was handcuffed and booked into Parish Prison on a single count of attempted crime against nature.


    There had been no sex-for-money deal between the two. The men did not agree to have sex in the park, a public place. And the count against the man was based on a part of Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court a decade ago.
    I don't agree with gay men cruising to pick up other gay men in a public park, but as long as they aren't having sex there or being indecent, the police have absolutely no right to harass them. That is disgusting and I hope they eventually get sued for these practices.

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    Re: Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law

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    I don't agree with gay men cruising to pick up other gay men in a public park, but as long as they aren't having sex there or being indecent, the police have absolutely no right to harass them. That is disgusting and I hope they eventually get sued for these practices.
    Too many coppers looking for things to do. Cut the force, and they won't have time for this nonsense.
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    Re: Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law

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    I don't agree with gay men cruising to pick up other gay men in a public park, but as long as they aren't having sex there or being indecent, the police have absolutely no right to harass them. That is disgusting and I hope they eventually get sued for these practices.
    This is ''entrapment'' pure and simple...

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    Re: Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law

    the deputy propositioned his target with “some drinks and some fun”
    That's entrapment.
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    Re: Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law

    This exact same scenario used to go on in my city all the time but the charge was orientation neutral--just solicitation of sex--but the newspaper would always run front page stories making it clear "Here are the people who were picked up soliciting gay sex in the park" or wherever the cruising spot was at the time. The police did not particularly like doing these operations, but were usually pressured into them by somebody important who had been approached or had a relative approached.

    I don't consider them entrapment by any stretch of the imagination. They did however get out of control. It was begun because people reported encountering people having sex in the areas and things like used condoms were found all over certain spots in the sting areas. What they became, however, were a local circus that fell off the proverbial slippery slope when the political pressures caused what were rookie undercover cops--young men not known to be cops--to start getting super aggressive and eventually start arresting people who had tried to politely extricate themselves from uncomfortable approaches using some vague language in the law as to what constituted solicitation. It started off as a legit police operation that became a fiasco that was eventually stopped.

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    Re: Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law

    As above, entrapment. More importantly, Lawrence v Texas. Stay classy, Louisiana.
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    Re: Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    That's entrapment.
    So you also oppose undercover drug operations as "entrapment"? If not, what do you see as the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    So you also oppose undercover drug operations as "entrapment"? If not, what do you see as the difference.
    Any intelligent person would have noticed that it was the cop propositioning the fellow in the car, not the other way around.
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    Re: Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law

    Wait, cruising for a date in the park is illegal?


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    Re: Gays in Baton Rouge arrested under invalid sodomy law

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Any intelligent person would have noticed that it was the cop propositioning the fellow in the car, not the other way around.
    That does not make it entrapment. An undercover cop offering to buy drugs does not make it entrapment either. There is more to it.

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