Louisiana State Police Trooper Scott Lopez, along with his son, Benjamin Cole, show a video to St. Martin Parish Sheriff Deputy Baily Romero on April 25, 2022 upon which they claim farmer Billy Broussard should be arrested for “simple assault” of Benjamin earlier that day. Broussard was in fact arrested by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office on May 10, 2022, after which Broussard filed a defamation suit against LSP Trooper Scott Lopez and his son, Benjamin Cole, alleging defamation regarding material in the voluntary statement executed by Benjamin Cole during Romero’s visit inside the Lopez residence.
Editor’s Note: We want to express the highest level of praise to two young ladies working at the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office entailing our public records requests for this feature. Specifically, Ms. KAREN BERTHELOT and Ms. EVE LAPEROUSE could not have possibly been more professional, more courteous, or more diligent in providing us with the public records we requested, and we sincerely thank them for the professionalism and cordiality extended to us during all of our correspondence with both of them.
As subscribers who’ve followed this blog for at least a year are aware, we’ve produced a number of features on Billy Broussard and his ongoing battle with St. Martin Parish Government (SMPG) officials regarding a 33-acre site he acquired for disposing of vegetative materials.
We’ll provide all of the links for our prior features at the bottom of this feature, but for the benefit of newcomers, let’s give a brief recap. Broussard filed a complaint against LSP Trooper Scott Lopez entailing a June 14, 2021 incident in which Broussard asserts his driver was improperly pulled over as he neared the 33-acre site (which is down the street from LSP Trooper Scott Lopez’s home) and was told by Lopez, “You better not go down my road again if you know what’s good for you.”
As is typical for LSP Troopers, Lopez failed to activate his body camera for the incident and was therefore issued a Letter of Reprimand for having failed to do so. For the record, we EMPHATICALLY DISAGREE with LSP Col. Lamar Davis when he says, “a trooper has discretion to turn off his body camera when he assesses that the situation won’t be combative.”
That statement is perhaps the most bone-headed, idiotic, asinine statement we’ve ever heard ANY public official make; furthermore, given the circumstances under which Davis made that statement, the public has every right to be outraged (and they clearly are) by Davis’ recent irresponsible conduct.
In our opinion, what needs to happen is that “LA-ONE” (i.e. Gov. John Bel Edwards) needs to mandate Davis be assessed with the first $350 fine which technically don’t take effect until August against Davis to set an example. Furthermore, Edwards (as “LA-ONE”) should mandate a 24-hour suspension of Davis to demonstrate that LSP Troopers are NOT going to be permitted to be “above the law.” Davis can, of course, appeal that suspension to the Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC) if he so chooses, and we’d love to film that!
Hell will obviously freeze over before Edwards would take such action, however, because, even if Edwards tried to hold Davis (or anyone else, for that matter at LSP) accountable, they have an arsenal of firepower they could direct back toward Edwards that would cause him major problems politically and, almost assuredly, legally as well!
Anyway, Lopez gets a Letter of Reprimand entailing not activating the body-worn camera and, thereafter, he (Lopez) went on a tirade at the January 6, 2022 meeting of the SMPG Planning and Zoning meeting accusing Broussard of little short of being Satan himself. He was also assisted by his son, Benjamin Cole, who was a minor at the time.
For that conduct, for which Broussard filed a second LSP Internal Affairs complaint, Lopez was initially issued a Letter of Counseling (which is not considered discipline) by his Troop Captain, Beau Comeaux. That action by Comeaux, however, was overridden by newly-installed Commander of Internal Affairs, Captain Saleem El-Amin, who concurred with Broussard’s allegation that Lopez’s conduct on January 6, 2022 constituted Conduct Unbecoming of an LSP Trooper. We will soon make public records request (once we know Lopez’s appeal period has passed) for his disciplinary file to see what discipline was handed down as a result of that assessment by El-Amin.
That’s a quick recap of the history for the benefit of newcomers. Now for the latest in the ongoing soap opera.
On May 29, 2022, Broussard filed this defamation suit against Trooper Scott Lopez and his son, Benjamin Cole Lopez. [Editor’s Note: Broussard informed us that he inadvertently misnumbered two (2) paragraphs on the suit and made a few other minor typing errors and that he has prepared — though not yet filed — an amendment to his suit to correct those minor errors. We chose to integrate those changes into the just-linked uploaded file so that it would represent a current version of the suit as Broussard represents it to us.]
The easiest way to describe what Broussard claims happened is to just take his allegations directly from the just-linked lawsuit:
The second-to-last paragraph of both of the above two complaints contain wording provided by LSP which is replicated below:
“I have been advised that Louisiana State Police has a policy prohibiting retaliation for filing a complaint against an officer. In the event I believe I have been retaliated against for filing this complaint, I understand that I may report such information to Internal Affairs for investigation.”
Not only did Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Lopez ignore the non-retaliation paragraph of the complaint stated in Paragraph 42 regarding the first complaint filed on November 20, 2021 by engaging in his actions of January 6, 2022 in retaliation for that first complaint, but he further aided and abetted his son, Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez, into filing a baseless and false complaint with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office in direct retaliation to the second complaint filed on January 24, 2022.
Just as Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Michael Lopez ignored the plainly-written language of the complaint form specifying that he could not retaliate against Petitioner for filing the first complaint of November 19, 2021, Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Lopez once again retaliated against Petitioner entailing the second complaint of January 24, 2022.
Based on the false and defamatory statements made by both Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Michael Lopez and Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez, Petitioner had an arrest warrant issued against him; furthermore, Petitioner was in fact arrested thus causing Petitioner to be further defamed by the actions of Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Michael Lopez and his son, Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez.
On April 25, 2022 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Petitioner was making a routine trip in his truck and nearing his 33-acre property located at 1675 Duchamp Road in Broussard, Louisiana. The truck was empty and had no load of any kind within its bed.
Petitioner noticed a heavily-tinted (likely exceeding the legal limit for such tenting) vehicle actively trailing Petitioner’s truck.
Believing that his truck must be dragging a garbage can or be having some other problem, Petitioner pulled his truck over to examine if there was a problem.
The driver of the vehicle rolled down his window and retrieved a cell phone from his dashboard which had obviously been utilized to videotape Petitioner traveling along Duchamp Road.
Petitioner noticed the driver of the truck removing the cell phone from his dashboard and commencing to point the cell phone toward him and obviously continuing to videotape Petitioner.
Petitioner then recognized the driver of the vehicle as Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez, who is the 18-year-old son of Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Lopez.
Petitioner then inquired of Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez, “You need some help, buddy?”
Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez then stated, “No. I’m fine.”
Petitioner then returned to his truck and drove the short distance to his 33-acre property located at 1675 Duchamp Road, Broussard, Louisiana, which is a very short distance from Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez and Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Lopez’s residence.
Believing that the actions of Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez were a little strange, Petitioner then obtained his own cell phone to record Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez once he had passed Defendant’s property on Duchamp Road.
Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez proceeded to turn his vehicle around in a neighbor’s yard a few houses down from Petitioner’s Property.
Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez then proceeded to pass directly in front of Petitioner, who was standing on his property beside the road.
Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez then spread two of his fingers and made a hand signal to Petitioner which was unfamiliar to him.
Petitioner has since learned that children and young adults make that hand signal to communicate the word “loser” to the individual to whom the hand signal is directed.
Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez then stated to Petitioner as he slowly drove his vehicle past Petitioner, “I hope you got a good picture of me.” Petitioner videotaped the episode from the point of Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez turning around in the neighbor’s driveway and proceeding back toward Petitioner and him making the statement in this paragraph and directing the hand signal at Petitioner referenced in Paragraph 57 above.
Petitioner was then notified by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff that a complaint had been filed against Petitioner, with said complaint entailing a “voluntary statement” from Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez together with the video supplied by Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez.
St. Martin Parish Deputy Sheriff Baily Myles Romero, who is himself a 24-year-old Deputy and who, upon information and belief, is neighbors with Defendant Trooper Scott Michael Lopez and Defendant’s 18-year-old son, Benjamin Cole Lopez and who, upon information and belief, resides at 1291 Duchamp Road, Broussard, Louisiana, executed a Sworn Affidavit for Petitioner’s arrest. In his sworn affidavit, Romero made the following statements:
“On April 25, 2022, at approximately 1634 hours, I, Deputy Baily Romero employed with St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Patrol Division, responded to a disturbance, at the address of 1734 Duchamp Road. Contact was made with complainant Benjamin Lopez, who stated he was involved in a disturbance with Billy Broussard. Lopez stated the nearby community is partaking in a “civil suit” against Billy in reference to him dumping and operating a business on his property. Lopez stated a common practice of his, is to record Billy driving his work truck when he is driving it on Duchamp Road. Lopez stated he saw Broussard coming down the road in the truck at which point he parked his vehicle off of the roadway and recorded Broussard passing by from the inside of his vehicle. Lopez stated he then entered the roadway, behind Broussard, continuing his commute; At which point Broussard stopped his truck in the roadway, blocking one lane of travel. Lopez stated Broussard placed his truck in park, exited the driver’s seat, and approached his vehicle, asking “you got a problem?” Lopez stated no and Broussard walked back to his truck and then pulled into his property feet down the roadway. Lopez provided a written voluntary statement and wished to pursue charges……
I am hereby requesting that this warrant be approved, for the arrest of Billy Broussard, for the violation of L. A. R. S. 14:100.1 Obstructing a Public Passage.
I hereby certify under oath the information contained herein to be true and correct, to the best of my knowledge, under penalties of perjury.
Deputy Romero, in communications with Petitioner, indicated that Defendants LSP Trooper Scott Lopez and his 18-year-old son, Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez, sought for the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office to arrest Petitioner for “simple assault.”
Deputy Romero indicated that Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez stated to him that he “felt threatened” when Petitioner exited his vehicle, which Petitioner did only as a result of Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez following his vehicle at an unsafe and inadequate distance, thus prompting Petitioner to believe something must be wrong such as Petitioner dragging a garbage can or some other item.
When Petitioner contacted Deputy Romero to obtain an update on the status of developments, he was informed that Deputy Romero was bypassing the District Attorney’s Office and submitting the Application for Arrest Warrant directly to a Judge at 16th Judicial District Court.
Deputy Romero indicated that the Application for Arrest Warrant was submitted to 16th JDC Judge Lewis Pittman; however, Judge Pittman declined to sign the Arrest Warrant Application.
When Judge Pittman declined to sign and approve the Application for Arrest Warrant, Deputy Romero indicated to Petitioner that the Application would be resubmitted but this time to Judge Suzanne deMahy.
Judge deMahy approved the Application for Arrest Warrant within minutes of it being submitted to her for approval, and the Arrest Warrant was approved and issued on May 9, 2022 at 9:04 p.m.
Public records requests were submitted to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office by video blogger Robert Burns of Sound Off Louisiana on May 13, 2022 seeking the following documents and/or media:
- All complaints filed against Billy Broussard from January 1, 2020 through May 13, 2020;
- Incident reports responsive to item A) above;
- Sworn affidavits to include but not be limited to any sworn affidavit executed by Benjamin Cole Lopez, application(s) for arrest warrants, executed arrest warrant(s), and any citations issued;
- Documentation for any traffic violation(s) in which an arrest warrant application was sent directly to the judge for the period of January 1, 2019 through the current date; [Burns followed that request up with a notation that item (D) is intended to include any citizen and not be limited to Billy Broussard].
Civil Process Clerk at the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Karen Berthelot, has been in regular communication with video blogger Robert Burns regarding the status of his public records request. Here are her latest communications sent to Mr. Burns via email:
On May 27, 2022, at 7:16 AM, Karen Berthelot <[email protected]> wrote:
I’m still waiting on one video, once that is received it has to be approved by our Chief Legal Counsel. Once approved an invoice will be made and we will notify you. Payment is required before we release the files.
With Kindest Regards,
On May 25, 2022, at 7:11 AM, Karen Berthelot <[email protected]> wrote:
Good morning Mr. Burns,
I have the records pulled and printed, I am now waiting on the videos from our patrol office. I was advised on yesterday, that those were being done, so hopefully I’ll have everything ready for you by the end of this week.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
In an abundance of caution entailing Prescription, Petitioner is proceeding forward with filing this Cause of Action against Defendants and will amend and/or supplement it at a later date with the requested documents and media files from the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The allegations made in the report of Deputy Romero on the part of Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez are false and defamatory per se.
Upon information and belief, Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Michael Lopez leaned heavily on St. Martin Parish Sheriff Deputy Baily Myles Romero both as a fellow law-enforcement officer and a neighbor residing on the same street as Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Michael Lopez to document the false and defamatory statements made in Romero’s affidavit on the part of Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez’s “voluntary statement.” Further, upon information and belief, that action by Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Michael Lopez was engaged in actual malice and with the sole intent of effectuating a baseless and groundless Arrest Warrant against Petitioner.
Petitioner submits that no one who feels “threatened” would turn a vehicle around, drive it directly back toward the alleged person having made him feel “threatened,” and taunt that individual by saying, “I hope you got a good picture of me.”
When Petitioner asked Deputy Romero whether the video supplied by Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez depicted Petitioner causing or uttering any words and/or engaging in any action to justify a claim of “simple assault,” for which a separate application for Arrest Warrant was applied for but went unsigned by any judge, Romero responded, “That part of the video was missing.”
Defendant Benjamin Cole Lopez also made defamatory commentary about Petitioner at the January 6, 2022 St. Martin Parish Planning and Zoning meeting to include, but not be limited to, falsely referencing Petitioner’s property as a “dump,” accusing Petitioner of, “already not following the restrictions on the property that apply,” and that Petitioner is “storing and selling hay” from Petitioner’s property.
Petitioner will demonstrate at trial that Defendants LSP Trooper Scott Michael Lopez and Benjamin Cole Lopez have engaged in a systematic campaign entailing false and defamatory statements made against Petitioner; furthermore, these false and defamatory statements have been made with actual malice toward Petitioner for Petitioner having filed two complaints with Defendant LSP Trooper Scott’s Michael Lopez’s employer, the Internal Affairs Division of Louisiana State Police.
In making their false and defamatory statements about Petitioner, Defendants LSP Trooper Scott Michael Lopez and Benjamin Cole Lopez have inflicted significant harm to Petitioner’s reputation, good name, and without question have caused him significant added expense to defend against false and defamatory accusations, with Defendant LSP Trooper Scott Michael Lopez, in particular, taking matters beyond the pale and manufacturing false “evidence” against Petitioner in the form of a “purple truck” that he knew had never been on Petitioner’s property but was instead owned by a friend of his, Arthur Trahan, and that Trahan was directly related to his prior and/or current supervisor LSP Trooper John Trahan. Defendant LSP Trooper Lopez falsely represented to the St. Martin Parish Planning and Zoning Commission that Petitioner had charged the owner of that truck to offload vegetative debris onto his property when he knew what he was stating to the Commission Members was blatantly false!
Petitioner is entitled to and does in fact seek a trial by jury since the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000.
Regarding Broussard’s reference to our public records request in paragraphs 68-69 above (and again, we can’t praise Ms. Berthelot and Ms. Laperouse enough for their dedication on providing the requested material), we are now prepared to present much of the material deemed responsive to our public records request.
First, let’s present the video wherein our viewers get an opportunity to literally have a seat in the Lopez living room and hear the complaint lodged against Broussard. Both Scott Lopez and SMP Sheriff Deputy Baily Romero make considerable commentary about their respective employers and specific individuals as a means to sort of kill time while Benjamin executes this voluntary statement at the request of SMP Sheriff Deputy Baily Romero. Ah, heck, we think that’s worthy of full-blown display, so here it is!:
So, there’s Benjamin Lopez alleging that he is a “victim” of “simple assault” and stating that he wishes to “pursue charges” against Billy Broussard! Additionally, obviously Romero can’t read (or else doesn’t know what the word “print” means)!
Now, let’s just take some time to enjoy a little visit in the Lopez living room and dining room and watch Trooper Scott Lopez and Deputy Romero make those interesting comments about their respective employers and specific co-workers, shall we?:
April 25, 2022: SMP Sheriff Deputy Baily Romero responds to a “disturbance” entailing Billy Broussard and shoots the breeze with LSP Trooper Scott Lopez in the Lopez living room and dining room while Lopez’s son, Benjamin Cole, executes a voluntarily statement claiming to be the victim of “simple assault” by Broussard.
Since we think the above video speaks for itself, we’re just going to let our subscribers and site visitors watch and make their own conclusions.
The only commentary we’re going to make is to draw viewers’ attention to the following statement by Benjamin Lopez in his “voluntary statement” above:
I felt threatened and scared of what he was going to do to me.
WOW! Pretty strong words, no?
We’ll simply ask how credible Benjamin Lopez’s statement is given the following video taken by Broussard as Benjamin Lopez made his return trip home (wherein he says in the video above he just, “like <waving motion> and I went home”) entailing him feeling “threatened?” Here’s the video:
Benjamin Lopez makes his return trip home immediately after allegedly being “threatened” by farmer Billy Broussard on April 25, 2022.
Looks pretty jovial to us: smiling, rolling down window, giving supposed “young folks” hand signal for “loser,” and uttering, “Hope you got a good picture.” We’d say the above preview photo for the video does indeed constitute a “good picture,” especially for annihilating Benjamin Lopez’s credibility on the witness stand when this matter goes up for trial.
We will also point out that Broussard has inquired of SMP Sheriff Deputy Romero if he supplied that video into the file for its consideration in evaluating any claim by Benjamin Lopez that he had been the victim of “simple assault.” Romero never indicated any such video was ever placed into evidence entailing the incident of that day.
Okay. Now let’s provide the video of Broussard’s May 10, 2022 arrest based upon Benjamin Cole Lopez’s voluntary statement and associated video that he supplied with that statement (easily texted to Baily Romero right there on the spot!):
May 10, 2022: SMP Sheriff Deputy Nahia Simon effectuates the arrest of Billy Broussard and responds to any questions he has.
Now, we want to emphasize one thing. Broussard’s arrest is based SOLELY on the video provided by Benjamin Cole Lopez, and nobody even challenges that fact in any way. Romero was not present for any alleged criminal conduct by Broussard, and he fully admits that he based his own sworn affidavit (under penalty of perjury) based on the video Benjamin Cole Lopez supplied. In the video above entailing Lopez and his father indicating all the charges they want lodged against Broussard, Romero has Benjamin Cole Lopez, beginning at the 8:10 mark of the video, simply text him the videos, and Benjamin Cole happily obliges.
That being the case, one would think that making a public records request for that simple little video would cause no heartburn, right? Well, with Ms. Berthelot and Ms. Laperouse, it didn’t. In fact, Broussard was on the phone with Ms. Laperouse and Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns when Ms. Laperouse asked Broussard to merely text Romero and ask him to text the video to Broussard as that would, “save all of us time and effort since it’s that easy for it to be sent.”
Makes sense, no? Well, here’s the reaction Broussard got from Romero when he made that simple request as instructed by Ms. Laperouse:
Seems Romero is sort of pre-occupied about the nature of the feature we may publish entailing his actions, no? We’ll point out regarding his concerns that we are providing EVRYTHING we have regarding the incident. It is Romero, NOT us, who is withholding material. When we ultimately get that crucial video, we’ll certainly update this feature; however, we feel that 39 DAYS is more than enough time to have waited on a video for which the sending is as simple as merely sending a text, no? We sure hope that video has not been deleted, especially since it should reside on two phones: Romero’s and Benjamin Lopez’s! At any rate, Romero certainly wasn’t willing to do as Ms. Laperouse suggested to make life easier on anyone.
Let’s emphasize that we have routinely contacted the SMP Sheriff’s Office for that video upon which the ENTIRE “case” against Broussard hinges. Nevertheless, as we stated above, as of the date of this publication, for whatever reason (though certainly not the fault of Ms. Berthelot or Ms. Laperouse), we continue to be without being able to provide to our audience that one video which was so easily texted from Benjamin Cole Lopez to SMP Deputy Baily Romero.
It’s pretty obvious that Simon is sort of stunned at what she’s having to process in the above video entailing Broussard’s arrest. Well, she’s not the only one! Once we obtained video of Romero meeting with Trooper Lopez and his son and provided retired law-enforcement officers the opportunity to view it, they responded, “There is no way they issued an arrest warrant! I would have to see it to believe it.”
Well, as the old saying goes, “Seeing IS believing,” so here is all of Billy Broussard’s arrest documentation. As stated in his petition, Romero opted to bypass the DA and submit the application directly to a judge. The first judge he submitted it to, Judge Pitman, declined to approve the application, and we believe he was VERY wise to do so! Consequently, Romero submitted it a to a second judge, this time being Judge Suzanne deMahy, who is the same Judge who gave SMPG the resounding court victory obtained against Broussard on May 2, 2022.
deMahy’s signing of that arrest warrant application, at least in our minds, calls into question her objectivity on any matter entailing Broussard, and that certainly includes the civil litigation which remains pending before her regarding any Permanent Injunction on Broussard’s property. Because so many people who viewed the video [we uploaded it to a YouTube account for which we have only two subscribers; nevertheless, it managed to get a whopping 80 views before we removed it from that YouTube account just prior to publishing this feature (other videos associated with this feature also got a collective 61 views)], simply refused to believe that ANY judge signed an arrest warrant in these circumstances, we are going to present the approved arrest warrant documentation for the world to see at this time:
All we can say is “WOW!” We’ve seen some bizarre acts by judges but, for us, this one ABSOLUTELY takes the cake! Also, we were on the phone with Broussard as Romero informed Broussard that Judge Pitman had declined to sign the arrest warrant. Romero then said that he was submitting it to Judge deMahy even as they spoke and and/or texted. deMahy signed the arrest warrant within five minutes and, as can easily be seen, deemed the arrest of Broussard to be so pressing that it was signed at 9:04 p.m.!
Okay, as Broussard demonstrates in his lawsuit, we made public records requests for videos for all arrests made by SMP Sheriff Becket Breaux’s Office from January 1, 2019 to the date of our request for which arrest warrant applications were submitted directly to the judge for approval. There were only two, both of which entailed drug drug possession.
Let’s take a look at one of the video files that the SMP Sheriff’s Office said they had of an arrest from January 1, 2019 forward wherein the arrest warrant application was submitted directly to the judge rather than going through the District Attorney. That would entail a gentleman named Elliot Taylor, and there’s that video:
10/3/21 interaction of SMP Deputy Gavin Milby with Elliot Taylor for speeding and the discovery of drugs (which later totaled 150+ grams) upon the search of his vehicle. CLICK HERE for Taylor’s arrest documentation (should be interesting contrast with Broussard’s!!).
Now, as Broussard noted in his litigation against Scott Lopez and Benjamin Cole Lopez, we also requested and received ALL complaints filed against Billy Broussard from January 1, 2019 to present. We welcome anyone to review those complaints if anyone is so inclined.
We also requested documentation for other SMP Sheriff arrestees for which no video is available wherein an arrest warrant was submitted directly to the judge rather than to the DA. Everyone is welcome to peruse that documentation by clicking here, and we’re going to provide the following table to incorporate ALL arrestees from January 1, 2019 to the date of our request, along with their charges, including Broussard:
|Name and Date of Arrestee
|Tommy Celestine, February 20, 2019
|2:415 -OPERATING VEHICLE WHILE LICENSE IS SUSPENDED
|Lawrence Abraham, March 1, 2021
|32:81 -FOLLOWING TO (sic) CLOSE 32:232 -TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNALS-RED LIGHT, ETC 14:99 -RECKLESS OPERATION OF A VEHICLE
14: 108 -RESISTING AN OFFICER
|Richard Daigle, May 24, 2021
|40:9678 -POSSESSION SCHEDULE II NARCOTICS
40:9688 -POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE Ill NARCOTICS(STIMUIANTS)
32:303 -HEAD LAMPS ON MOTOR VEHICLES, MOTORCYCLES AND MOTO
40:1060:13 - SALE, DISTRIBUTION, OR POSSESSION OF LEGEND DRUG.
|Elliot Taylor, October 3, 2021 (video above).
|40:966A1 -POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE SCHED 1
40:1023C -PROHIBITED ACTS POSS OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
|Dalton Boudreaux, January 1, 2022. Click Here for Mr. Boudreaux's arrest documentation.
|32:329 -BICYCLES; FRONT LAMPS; SIDE AND REAR REFLECTORS 40:967C -POSSESSION SCHEDULE II NARCOTICS
14:130.1 -OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE/EVIDENCE TAMPERING
|Brendal Landry, January 31, 2022
|40:966A1 -POSSESSION WITH INTENT T0 DISTRIBUTE SCHED 1
47:521 -IMPROPER DISPLAY OF TEMPORARY LICENSE PLATE
40:1023C -PROHIBITED ACTS POSS OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA 47:536.8 -SWITCHED PLATES
|Damontrai Mason, February 18, 2022.
|32:79 -IMPROPER LANE USAGE
32: 123 -IGNORING STOP SIGN
40:9668 -POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA W/INTENT T0 DISTRIBUTE
40: 1023C -PROHIBITED ACTS POSS 0F DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
|Gerald Auguillard, April 11, 2022
|32:197 -RIDING ON ROADWAYS AND BICYCLE PATHS
40:967C -POSSESSION SCHEDULE II NARCOTICS
40:966C SCHEDULE I NARCOTICS (ALL OTHER)
|Billy Broussard, May 10, 2022
|14: 100.1 -OBSTRUCTION PUBLIC PASSAGES
Broussard appears to be in some really select company, no?
Having felt he’d waited plenty long enough on the video taken by Benjamin Lopez to be provided to him, on July 6, 2022, Broussard notified LSP Internal Affairs of the fact he firmly believes he has been retaliated against for his filing of the two (2) complaints against Lopez referenced above. According to Broussard, the response he got from a Lieutenant Douglas is that, “You’re going to have to wait until the criminal matter entailing the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office plays out. We can’t get in the middle of a criminal investigation and prosecution.”
So, given what Lieutenant Douglas reported to Broussard, he (Broussard) contacted 16th JDC District Attorney Bo Duhe’s Office. Once he was routed to a representative, she asked Broussard for his DOB so that she could pull him up in the system. Her next words to Broussard (and all phone calls were recorded) were: “I’ve got good news! It looks like you’re eligible for the Pre-Trial Diversion Program!”
Broussard immediately responded in a very professional manner: “I have no interest whatsoever in any Pre-Trial Diversion program. I want my case tried!”
The representative indicated that she would need to transfer him to a gentleman we believe had the first name of “David.” Once Broussard had him on the line, “David” said that they’d already started processing the paperwork to send out to Broussard to enroll him in the Pre-Trial Diversion Program. Once Broussard made it clear he had no interest whatsoever in the program and that the DA would simply need to try this case, “David” asked Broussard to cover just what all happened in this matter.
Broussard patiently told “David” what is relayed above, to which “David” said, “Well, I need to ask one thing,” and, once Broussard told him to feel free to ask, “David” asked, “I need to know why you were arrested?”
Broussard responded, “I just told you why I was arrested!” “David’s” response, once he could compose himself from laughter: “Well, nothing you have stated justified an arrest warrant being issued!” Broussard has that statement on a recorder!
“David” then informed Broussard that he would need to contact Ms. Halee Maturin, Assistant DA charged with prosecuting misdemeanors. Broussard indicated that he would and then asked, “Can you give me an idea when my court date will be?” “David” responded, “Well, that’s always the million-dollar question everybody wants to know. I can’t answer that, but I can tell you it won’t be anytime soon.”
Broussard then contacted Maturin’s office and spoke with her assistant and requested that Maturin call him back. As of this publication being released, Broussard indicated that he’d gotten no such return phone call.
Finally, we felt SMP Sheriff Becket Breaux should be afforded the opportunity to comment on this feature, and so we reached out to his office for comment and/or video at 9:44 on Monday, July 11, 2022. After all, Breaux certainly wasn’t camera shy entailing his office’s potential CALEA certification. Apparently, he wasn’t as enthused at the prospect of speaking with us about the Billy Broussard arrest as we received no return phone call back from his office prior to release of this feature six hours after we contacted Breaux’s office.
Finally, here are Scott Lopez and Benjamin Cole Lopez’s answers to the suit filed through their legal counsel, Eric Haik.
We guess everyone has to sort of acknowledge LSP Trooper Scott Lopez as being a man of his word. After all, on June 14, 2021, he allegedly told Broussard’s driver that he, “better not go down my road again if you know what’s good for you.” We feel certain that admonition was equally applicable for Broussard himself. Broussard had the nerve to drive down the road again on April 25, 2022, and Lopez’s son, Benjamin Cole, apparently having been implicitly deputized by Lopez, trailed Broussard (with Broussard claiming that tailing was far too close for safe operation of a vehicle, prompting Broussard to get out to ensure he wasn’t dragging a garbage can or anything) and the next thing he knew, Broussard had been taught a lesson about driving down “Lopez’s Road” by being arrested by St. Martin Parish Sheriff Becket Breaux’s Office!
Okay. At the outset of this feature, we said we’d supply links for all previous Billy Broussard features entailing his farming operations in St. Martin Parish. Here they are:
1. LSP Trooper Lopez allegedly demands Broussard’s driver not go down “my road” again (feature contains and extensive video tour of Broussard’s 33-acre farm).
6. Farmer Billy Broussard follows State Police Col. Davis’ admonition; files IA complaint against Trooper Scott Lopez alleging coordination with SMPG President Cedars to “illegally shut my farming operations down.”
7. Farmer Billy Broussard files second complaint against LSP Trooper Lopez concerning claims of “illegal acts” voiced at public meeting; Sen. Boudreaux commits to confer with LSP Col. Davis on complaint.
11. Even as SMPG dumps 14 loads of debris on Broussard’s property leading up to Council meeting, Sheriff’s Deputies arrive and inform him that they told them Broussard is, “Barred from going on your property.”
It’s somewhat hard to believe that it has only been just over a year since this whole soap opera saga began! We’ll be sure to update our subscribers and casual site visitors to further developments in either SMPG v. Billy Broussard or Billy Broussard v. Scott Lopez and Benjamin Cole Lopez!
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