New here so many might not know me so i'm going to give a brief description of my self. I'm 19 years old, Look about 22 though, 6'4" 200lbs clean shaven, short 1.5" hair, Most of the time i'm wearing a nice polo with khaki shorts" tonight was a bright orange polo". I'm not a rough looking or mean looking person by any stretch of the imagination.
So I been carrying off and on around covington, just getting used to it and all. Well tonight I got a little thirsty well my normal gas station that i go to had a no weapons sign, Won't go there again, so i ran across the road to the Racetrac in Covington on Hwy 190. Didn't see the cruisers when I drove up so i walk in with My .45 1911 in my serpa with the polo clearly behind it. Walk in look to the left ask the assistants " How yall doing?" they responded "Doing fine". Look to the right two St. Tammany sheriffs officers. They see my gun and go into freak out mode one "1" ,going to keep names wrapped up for now, draws his sidearm and is holding it gangster at a 45* pointing it at me asking me "What the hell are you doing?" I walk over and said "I'm buying a Coke". 1 says "What are you doing carrying a gun you gonna get in trouble". 2nd "2" Asks " Do you have a license to carry it?" I say "In Louisiana you do not have to have a PERMIT to open carry". 1 says " where did you read that" I say " Read the laws on LOCO.Org on the law sheet". 1 slightly getting pissed now still has weapon drawn on me says " What stature does it say you can carry". I couldn't think of the numbers so i say I Can't remember. Maybe because of the pistol pointing at my chest. I ask if they want to unholster my gun so I can take my hands off of my head and stop staring down the barrel of a pistol. Well they proceed to tell me this isn't the wild west and it ain't texas I just can't carry a gun. They said that because my pistol was in my serpa that i was concealing it. I and i asked for them to write down their names and ranks and they kinda refused so i didn't push the issue but i remember # 1's name. Well now i'm at home heart isn't racing or anything look at my gun and the officer took one of my JHP's. Who do i need to email to have this worked out? And will everyone please help me to get this straightened out. Also I thought on my way home if it was that bad of an offense why didn't they arrest me. I think they were standing behind a badge and didn't know the laws themselves Steven F.
I hate to tell you this but this seems to be a common in the Covington area. Now when I was there I didn't have problems but if it was STPSO your not going to get hardly anywhere with them as Jack Strain who is the sheriff is anti-citizen owning guns if he could he would disarm us all.
I would be calling the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office internal affairs and make a complaint. You might not know their names but there can't be too many deputies that would be there at that time and they might be on the radio log being there at that time. Racetrac should have it on video
Too bad you couldn't ask them what RS says you couldn't carry. Oh and tell them the deputy stole one of your rounds.
Don't drop it or they will have won with Bull$hit info
You need to join LOCAL below
More info at http://louisianacarry.org/index.htm
Let us know what happens
Last edited by charlie12; 07-26-2010 at 09:33 AM.
First like was said above, contact STPSO IA Division and file a complaint against the 2 officers. Make sure to give full details including the ******* who was holding his service sidearm sideways because I know for a fact that the department will not tolerate that crap (and it can likely be confirmed via surveillance video from the store.) Do this ASAP, go in person, and dress in decent clothes.
Second, ascertain if they were full time or reserve deputies if possible. If they were reserves contact me off list.
Did you have a voice recorder running?
Contact STPSO internal affairs division, get the video and press charges immediately.
Well now he has a couple of different opinions.....you have to consider that this is a young man who lives in the area, going to internal affairs will not make him any friends in that neck of the woods and could complicate his life in the future...he was not arrested and the state is full of officers who do no know or follow th law....I still think that the head of the dept is were he should start before he does something that could make him a target for retribution.....Raceway will not just hand him the video so he would need an attorney or the police would have to request it. He could contact Raceway to see how long the even keep video before they are re-recorded. If he gets an acknowledgement from the head of the dept that he can open carry then he won in my opinion without causing any one to much embarrassment...also...this might happen again in the future...how many times do you make internal affair complaints..its better to try to solve it amicably at least at first......just my personal opinion based on how I would do things.
In a perfect world that would be true. However not making friends shouldn't be the issue. This cop abused his authority and put a gun in this man's face. Not only that but he clearly violated his rights. This cop and his partner need to be held accountable for their actions. Get an attorney to subpoena the tapes ASAP. If these guys get away with this, what's next? Do they shoot the next oc'er they see. Point is these guys are responsible for enforcing and upholding the law, they should be held to it's standards. If you can get it dealt with amicably, fine. They learn an important lesson and you move on. If not go the next step. DO NOT LET THIS GO UNCHALLENGED.
I just got home bout to sit down and type an email for Sheriff and I talked to a judical judge today that said I was no way doing anything wrong. Giving a call to local DA tomorrow. I can't afford an attorney,Barely can afford .45 ammo, But I'm going to do everything I can to see that this is solved. Thanks for the comment , Steven
Did they Judge give any advice?
The judge gave no advice but did say that he believed i was in no wrong carrying my weapon. I'll talk to DA tomorrow
If there's anything we can do to help don't hesitate to ask.
Thank you sir. I will not hesitate to ask anyone I'm just really trying to sort it out. I wasn't nervous like heart beating out of chest but i wasn't in a totally calm state of mind. I wish i could go back i wouldn't have left with getting attendants names officers rank and full name, Asking clerks about videos, resisting a little more, and just not acknowledging them at first. Many different things that i wish i would've done
First of all...you did the right thing...resisting law enforcement orders no matter how right you think you are can lead to very bad circumstances, thats what attorneys are for. No one really knows how they would respond if they were in your place no matter what they might tell you, getting your message to a public forum like this was the right thing to do, I am sure that many people here will send emails to whoever is in charge of that department if you can not get this situation solved to your satisfaction.
I think that maybe to much blame is being placed on the officers them selves....unless they have been told that open carry is legal and they decided to ignore the law its probable that they were startled by you and had not been properly trained and informed as to what the procedure is when they happen to see a citizen openly carrying a firearm. If this is the case then their superiors need to be informed about what happened in order to see if they will address the problem in their department and apologize for what happened to you.
Here is what happened to Nikki Black in a somewhat similar situation to yours>>>> http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...LEO-encounter!!
You should send this link to whoever you contact to....its about the ever popular Mark Edward Marchiafava >> http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/27706824.html In case you do not know about mark..he was wrongfully arrested for open carrying and received a cash settlement as a result..any department head who reads this story will have difficulty telling his officers that open carry is not legal after being informed about what happened in Gonzales La., no city official wants to be the one that caused a law suit that has to be paid out for a bad arrest.
Last edited by estcrh; 07-27-2010 at 09:46 AM.
What are the thoughts of others on contacting Sheriff Strain by email on this matter?
STPSO is trained on what the firearms laws are in the state, though I can't attest to the depth or specifics of the teaching at this time. Irregardless, the deputies attempted to enforce what they thought were the laws, not necessarily what the laws are. Their duty is to enforce what the laws actually are. Since they took it upon themselves to determine what the law stated then they are in the wrong and should be disciplined.
Contacting the Sheriff may or may not do any good. It certainly wouldn't hurt, BUT what exactly are you going to state in your email? "A guy I know on an internet forum who's goes by a certain screen name (but I don't know his real name) said that he was in a gas station and such and such happened, but he didn't get the deputies names or badge numbers so I really don't have a clue who they were." I don't mean to sound harsh, but if I got an email like that I'd immediately delete it and go about my business. The point is, if you're going to make an effort, have all your bases covered and a pile of ammo to shoot with. Right now that is not the case.
I'm surprised I haven't seen anyone mention submitting a FOIA request for all radio transmissions, memos, e-mails, reports, and department communications regarding this incident yet.
First thing I would do.
My Name is Steven Fauntleroy. The officer's name that did all the talking was R. Loumiet wouldn't tell me his rank or number.
Does anyone know Jack Strains Email address I cannot seem to find it anywhere.. Thanks again everyone for the comment's and help
You'll probably have to call the Sheriff’s office to get the email address..
Phone # - http://www.stpso.com/page.php?p=gen_info
With regards to any written correspondence to government officials, please take the time to proofread and spell check. If you post your content here first, we can make helpful suggestions.
Here is the email I sent to St Francisville Chief of police Scott Ford when Nikki Black had a confrontation when open carrying..
>Subject: Open carry laws in La
> To whom it may concern, I read were a young man in your
> town was open carrying a gun and was told it was not within
> the law to do so...I do not know all the facts in the
> situation but this is being discussed in a forum and I feel
> that your dept has the right to explain actions taken before
> people leap to any conclusions..here is a link to the forum
> in case you want to see what is being said and wish to
> respond>> http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum26/43498-1.html
> In case the information this young man has told people is
> correct (and I am not saying it is) I will provide you with
> this information...I was open carrying in my home
> neighborhood in the French Quarter (the 8th dist) and was
> approached by a man who started to point a gun at me..I fire
> my weapon and held the man for the police..I was not
> arrested because unless I was in a school zone or in a bar
> it was perfectly legal for me to open carry a gun in
> La. Here is a recent case as an example>> http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/27706824.html
> The D.A.s office in New Orleans has confirmed this right to
> me and the 8th dist police have also confirmed this in an
> open public meeting. I have obtained a legal opinion from
> a La. attorney who has also confirmed this in writing to
> me. If this young man was doing something other than
> just wearing a gun openly in a legal manner please let me
> know or get your side of the story out as I know that there
> is 2 sides to every story and I do not want to stand up for
> someone who was breaking a law, thank you xxxxxxxxxxxxx
and the response I got from my email to Chief Scott Ford
Sincerely,xxxxxx this young man is certainly able to open carry his firearm. The Officers in Town understand this and are aware of him doing so. This is a small community and some people were alarmed and disturbed. We identified the young man and allowed him to be on his way. I very much support his rights to open carry his weapon.
Hopefully Steven will receive the same type of response when he contacts sheriff Jack Strain and the matter will be settled. The head of a police department sets the tone for the rest of the officers.
and the final result of Nikki Blacks open carry problem>> LEOs in Saint Francisville.
http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...t-Francisville This is the best result a person could hope for in a situation like this. No bad feelings from either side and the right to open carry acknowledged publicly.Hey guys, I'm back with some good news. After that whole stink with the local PD, I'm happy to tell everybody that the Police in my town are now OC friendly. I was invited by Chief Scott Ford, and Mayor Billy D'Aquilla to hang out down at the station whenever I wanted about a week after my whole detainment. I have and I've become very good friends with all of the Officers and the Mayor. In my mind, this is the best outcome for the situation that happened back in May. And heck, I haven't had that funny little double take from anybody in a month or two. Police or not.
My email to sheriff Strain..
To Whom it may concern,
My name is Steven M. Fauntleroy I'm sending this email in complaint of an officer R. Loumiet. He would not tell me his rank. But the incident occured at the Racetrac gas station on Highway 190 Covington, LA on the 25th day of July 2010 at about 23:00. I entered the Racetrac to buy a coke and I had my sidearm , Taurus PT1911 .45 ACP, in a Blackhawk Serpa level 2 retention holster. The weapon was open to plain sight, my orange polo was tucked into my khaki shorts so there was no effort to conceal my weapon. Upon entering I greeted the attendents with a smile and asked "How are you all doing tonight". They smile and said " Fine and you?". I looked to the right and there was Officer Loumiet and his partner, who's name i can not recall. Loumiet drew his sidearm and pointed it at my chest holding it in a sideways 45* angle gangster style with his elbow bent, holding the weapon behind a shelf as if he were trying to hide it from my view. and the following conversation took place minus a few details that I cannot recall.
Loumiet "What are you doing?"
Me "Buying a coke officer"
Loumiet "What are you doing carrying a gun?"
Me " In Louisiana it's legal for me to open carry a sidearm in public"
Loumiet "Where did you hear that"
Me " I've read it on various Forums and I've read the laws on the matter"
Loumiet " Oh yeah what stature says that"
Me " I can't remember the numbers sir"
Loumiet " You don't know what you talking about"
Me getting worried because his weapon is still drawn on me " Would you like to disarm me
Loumiet reaches out and unholsters my weapon and drops the clip and racks the slide. holsters his own and ask " Do you always carry a pistol with you when you walk around"
Me "Yes sir"
Loumiet " You never had an other police ask you anything or anybody call the police on you"
Me "No sir".
Loumiets partner " Do you have a license to carry it
Me " No sir in Louisiana you don't not have to have a permit to open carry"
Loumiet request to see my ID and I give it to him with no resistance of any type the partner writes down my information and ask if i have a phone number that i can be contacted at, I tell him my cell.
Loumiet " This isn't the wild west or Texas you just can't walk around with gun on your side I don't know who you are besides a man with a gun"
Me " Yes sir i understand"
Loumiet at this time request to know where my vehicle is and places my pistol inside on passenger seat.
Loumiet says " Its legal to open carry inside a vehicle for you protection but by putting it in that holster your concealing it." "Have you ever had any kind of police training or security training with a firearm."
Me "No sir"
Loumiet " Let me guess you've handled guns all your life."
Me " Yes sir I have and know my way.......
Loumiet interrupts " Thats always the guy that....." Fails to finish sentence.
Me " Can i go to my vehicle to get a piece of paper to take your information down.
Loumeit " MY NAMES LOU-ME-A I SEE YOU LOOKING AT MY NAME BADGE".
Partner "Do you have a criminal record any past convictions"
Me " No sir"
Loumiet" Ok well get the training and carry it the right way, Underneath you shirt.
Few seconds more of conversation cannot remember details
Loumiet " I'm not trying to run you out of the store go ahead and get what you need.
I reenter and buy my Coke and the attendants are not startled with me or anything. I go to my vehicle to leave but, I check my firearm first and one of my rounds is missing from my clip, Not to push the issue I drive away with no further incident.
I've posted this incident on Louisiana Open carry forums linked here if you would like to see what individuals have to say
I just wanted to inform you of this situation before an officer of your illegally arrest someone and you have a civil case on your hands like the one that occured to a fellow forum member
I would like to see that this problem be dealt with for the safety of my fellow citizens that open carry sidearms. I would like to see that the whole force is notified of these laws and that citizens can legally open carry their sidearms. I would not like anyone else to have to experience the fear and embarrassment of having an officer hold a lawful citizen at gunpoint for no apparent reason.
Would like a response that this message has been received..
Steven Michael Fauntleroy
Cell (985) 237-****
Help me out with anything you see please thank you
Last edited by I OC nothingwronghere; 07-27-2010 at 07:22 PM.