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Lafayette woman charged in connection with BBQ protest held outside mayor-president's house

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Posted at 7:33 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 23:59:04-05

LAFAYETTE, La.  — The Lafayette woman arrested after barbecuing in front of Mayor-President Josh Guillory's home in August has been charged by the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office with one count of obstruction of public passages and one count of disturbing the peace, both of which are misdemeanors.

Tara Fogleman Laxey, 46, was booked on disturbing the peace and obstruction of public passages charges after her cookout in front of the mayor's home on Aug. 30.

Laxey was involved in protests last summer surrounding both the Trayford Pellerin case and the Guillory Administration's now-reversed decision to close four Northside recreation centers.

Her attorney, Marcus Allen, says they were both surprised the DA is moving forward with the charges.

"I think you have a bigger fish to fry. A lot bigger fish to fry with the Pellerin case. This is ancillary stuff. But it is important" Allen said.

She told KATC after her arrest that she wanted to use the barbecue as a chance to open up a dialogue with Guillory.

Allen says his client was on the ground fighting for what she believes in, and now he will fight for her.

"There was an issue that needed to be brought forth. They needed to get the attention of Mayor-President. That's what happened. I don't think it was violative." Allen explained.

Laxey has an arraingment set at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse on Feb. 9.

KATC reached out to the Gulliory administration for comment.

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