Louisiana State Trooper Scott Lopez, appearing before the St. Martin Parish Government Planning and Zoning Committee on Thursday, January 6, 2022.
Everyone will recall that we published this feature entailing a complaint filed by farmer Billy Broussard against LSP Trooper Scott Lopez on November 21, 2021.
On Monday, January 24, 2022, Broussard filed a second complaint against Lopez in which he alleges that Lopez repeatedly falsely accused him of illegal acts at a public meeting of the St. Martin Parish Government Planning and Zoning Committee on Thursday, January 6, 2022.
We were at that meeting, and we videotaped Lopez’s remarks to the Committee, and we’re prepared to present his performance at this time:
1/6/22 meeting of the St. Martin Parish Government Planning and Zoning Committee during which Broussard alleges Lopez repeatedly falsely accused him of “illegal acts.”
Let us emphasize the conclusion of Broussard’s second complaint:
I want to conclude this complaint by stating that, on July 8, 2021, the Louisiana State Police Commission considered the appeal of Trooper William R. Woodward Ill after he was suspended for 24 hours for sending out a tweet of, “what county (sic) in Africa are you from?” Col. Lamar Davis testified at that meeting, upon being questioned by Trooper Woodward as to whether Davis knew if Woodward was “on or off duty,” and Col. Davis responded that, “according to policy is (sic) does not matter.” Col. Davis clearly felt that tweet constituted conduct unbecoming of a Louisiana State Police Trooper, and I submit that Trooper Lopez’s actions of January 6, 2022 are even more egregious than those of Trooper Woodward because his actions were at a public meeting at which EVERYONE in the room knew who he is and the position he holds and further because his commentary was directed at a private citizen (me).
The reference Broussard makes to Col. Davis indicating that LSP Policy doesn’t distinguish between being on-duty or off-duty when it concerns acts to be evaluated for conduct unbecoming can be heard in this brief 25-second audio clip:
7/8/21: LSP Col. Lamar Davis states that, when it comes to conduct unbecoming, it matters not whether a trooper is on-duty or off-duty.
The above audio clip by LSP Col. Davis would seem to render moot Lopez’s declaration at the 15:22 mark of the video above wherein he indicates, “Just for the record, I’m here as a concerned resident. Thank you.” Apparently, Lopez felt that simple disclosure permitted him to do and say anything he wanted at that meeting, and it will be interesting to see if LSP “has his back” in that regard or whether he faces discipline entailing this second complaint Broussard has now filed against him.
Finally, Broussard testified before the Louisiana Senate Select Committee on LSP Oversight at its meeting of Monday, January 24, 2022, and he obtained the strong and emphatic support of Senator Gerald Boudreaux (D-Lafayette) as evidenced by the following short video of Broussard’s testimony:
Broussard testifies before LSP Senate Oversight Committee on Monday, January 24, 2022.
Sen. Foil invited Broussard to supply his one-page testimony about Trooper Lopez to the Committee members, and Broussard opted to do so. Anyone is welcome to read Broussard’s planned testimony provided to the Committee members by CLICKING HERE.
As always, we will continue to follow developments and alert our subscribers and site visitors as further developments unfold. Here are links for previous features on Broussard’s saga:
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.”
ADDENDUM: CLICK HERE for a feature published on February 22, 2022.
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