Caddo Sheriff Blasts Politicians; Resumes Mugshot Publishing
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office sent out a release on Friday afternoon with the emphatic headline: "Caddo Sheriff Announces Mugshots Are Back".
Inside the release, Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator goes on to explain why his department will be going "against the grain", and pushing back against a law signed by Governor John Bel Edwards. Prator says in the release:
"This new law dictates the public is entitled to see the mugshot of a 'peeping Tom' only if he records videos for his collection. This makes no sense."
The new law says that law enforcement departments can only publish mugshots for selected crimes. In the exact example referenced by Prator in his quote, under the new law it is illegal to publish the mugshot of someone accused of Voyeurism, but the mugshot of someone accused of Video Voyeurism can be made public.
Additionally, the anti-mugshot law makes it illegal for law enforcement, and the media, to publish the mugshot of someone arrested for Burglary, even while possessing a firearm. But the law allows the mugshot of someone accused of Dog Fighting to be published.
Caddo Sheriff Prator added some thoughts inside his office's release:
"Once again, the state has come up with a way to protect people we arrest instead of prioritizing victims. It was not easy for our information technology folks to work with this new law and give the public what they need, but they got it done. My office will do everything in its power to serve and protect you."
Prator says his office intends to resume the mugshot publishing through their site. He adds that if anyone believes there is an eligible photo that has not been published by the Caddo Sheriff's Office, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org to alert Deputies.