Posted: Apr 17, 2013 5:48 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Apr 17, 2013 6:02 PM
A Eunice man is speaking out about what he feels have been wrongful arrests for something he says is legal.
Eunice Police arrested 18-year-old Alexander Lege on Christmas Day and charged him with Disturbing the Peace, Resisting Arrest, and Simple Assault.
That's when he says he started recording officers.
"The camera doesn't lie. Despite popular belief, anything they do while wearing that badge is one-hundred-percent our business", says Lege.
Since his arrest in Eunice in December, Alexander Lege has recorded sightings of police on the job and was arrested again in Lafayette while recording a sheriff's deputy conducting a traffic stop.
And after recording this video, Lege was arrested.
The 18-year-old's Facebook page is called "Eunice Uncensored", and hopes to inspire others to hit "record" if they're involved in an incident with police.
He says video evidence can be helpful to all parties involved, even police.
"I would definitely offer my videos to a police officer if the situation arose where they needed it", says Lege.
Lege says he has no plans to stop recording law enforcement, saying just like an officer, he's also there to "Protect and Serve".
"If you're not doing anything wrong, or if you don't have anything to hide, you shouldn't have a problem with that camera being there", says Lege.
Because Lege's most recent arrest was in Lafayette, we asked Sheriff's Captain Kip Judice about the legality of recording officers on duty.
He says citizens can legally record police, but cannot interfere with an officer's investigation.
"If an officer asks you to move on, you could probably get in another position and if you're suspecting that deputy is doing something illegal you could probably document that from the next parking lot or a little bit further distance", says Judice.