Man Arrested After Cursing At His Kid Outside Walmart

Sandy Malone

Slidell police arrested 29-year-old Kevin Mitchell for behaving badly after police told him not to curse at his child.

Slidell, LA – The Slidell police chief has defended officers who arrested a father for cursing at his child in a Walmart parking lot (video below).

The incident occurred on Feb. 21 in the parking lot of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Slidell after Kevin Mitchell’s son almost opened his car door into a police vehicle parked next to them, WDSU reported.

Mitchell, 29, said he cursed at his son for being careless.

"That's when the officer let his window down and said, 'You can't be cursing like that,” he told WDSU. “I said, 'Sir, I'm talking to my children,' and he kept saying, 'Well, you can't talk like that in Slidell.' I said 'Sir, I'm talking to my children.'"

Mitchell proceeded into the store and did his shopping, and several police officers were waiting for him outside the store’s entrance when he was finished.

The video showed he immediately started arguing with the officers.

"You can hear me telling the man, 'You can't tell me how to talk to my children,’” Mitchell told WDSU. “He kept saying, 'You can't curse in Slidell. You can't do this in Slidell,' and I just told the man, 'What are you going to do?' and he arrested me.”

Mitchell was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.

The father mostly seemed offended by the way police handled the situation.

"It's just outrageous about the way he reacted with the whole situation,” Mitchell complained. “I feel like if I say something wrong, you approach me as a man.”

But Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal defended his officers and their arrest of the foul-mouthed father, WDSU reported.

“I am aware of the arrest in question and have reviewed the videos taken by Mr. Mitchell,” Chief Fandal said. “There was more than enough probable cause to arrest Mr. Mitchell. At this time, based on what I have reviewed, the officers acted appropriately; however, Mr. Mitchell did file an internal affairs complaint with this agency, yesterday afternoon. We will do a full investigation into this matter by gathering all of the facts in order to determine if there were any policy violations committed by my officers.”

Slidell police released a statement that explained the officers could have arrested Mitchell for using “any vile, obscene or indecent language towards a juvenile," WDSU reported.

The police department also explained how the laws worked in Louisiana.

"Not in relation to this particular incident, but in general, if someone is repeatedly yelling extreme profanities and racial slurs, at a public place like Walmart (during a Mardi Gras parade), and refuses to calm down and continues to carry on, causing alarm and distress to innocent bystanders…yes, they will be arrested,” the Slidell Police Department said in a statement.

“That is normal and will remain the standard for anyone acting like that inside the city limits of Slidell,” the statement continued. “It should be noted that Disturbing the Peace is a state law and can be enforced everywhere in the State of Louisiana. People live in our community because they enjoy a safe and family-oriented place to live. People should not fear going out in public to have their peace disturbed by someone screaming profanities and racial slurs."

Mitchell is scheduled to appear in court on May 4 and said he planned to ask to have his charges dropped then, WDSU reported.

He said he wanted the police officer who arrested him to be fired.

“A policeman like that shouldn’t have a badge,” Mitchel said. “I feel like a policeman like that shouldn’t work in the city of Slidell when you approach people in that manner. And the way you approached my wife and asking her for her personal information of her children, should definitely lose his job."

Watch video of the incident here below:

Comments (65)
Simeron
Simeron

KaChing. Well I hope they love paying out the nose for this. The 1st amendment kinda trumps all this. You can curse at who ever you want.

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B-H121314
B-H121314

He should be arrested and he should have to pay a fine! And I will vote for the chief again just because of this!

JBoH
JBoH

'What are you going to do?' and he arrested me.”

Dang! Who woudda thought?

Like it takes a real man to curse a child.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

Slidell police released a statement that explained the officers could have arrested Mitchell for using “any vile, obscene or indecent language towards a juvenile," WDSU reported.

using any type of language in public is protected by the 1st amendment, words that are used in a certain order that can be misconstrued as libel or a threat are not protected! and YES HATE speech is protected too!

the DA is not going to touch this one and this piggy has lost his qualified immunity and now can be held liable for his actions!

GSDLUVVA1
GSDLUVVA1

OMG!! I've USED to lived out there - and have heard how they ALL speak to one another!! cops AND gen public!! have this strange feeling, the cop was "hoping" for more of an "issue" than just a man cursing his kiddos!! Sorry, but some of the "newer" cops out there do have "chips" on their shoulders, just daring others (the general population) to knock them off!! It should have NEVER gone that far, as to have arrested this man - over how HE was speaking to HIS children!!?? paaallleeeaaazzz??!!
Must have been a very slow "crime" day/evening, there in Slidell, LA, for them to have that many police personnel waiting outside Wallyworld, for one MAN, over how he spoke to his kiddos??!! and how the one cop "reacted"?? (over-reacted - imo) hhhhmmmm??? (and isn't right around the corner from there, a hot bed of drug activity??) shouldn't they have been doing the community a better service, by being on patrol? Instead, they were more concerned with ONE man's choice of vocabulary towards his kiddos??) Seems about right for Slidell, LA...smdh...)

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Symptomatic of a much larger problem. Notice how the wife doesn't acknowledge the problem.

this song was custom made for this guy and interestingly enough it was written by and performed by a black band..

If you disrespect anybody that you run in to
How in the world do you think anybody's s'posed to respect you
If you don't give a heck 'bout the man with the bible in his hand, y'all
Just get out the way, and let the gentleman do his thing
You the kind of gentleman that want everything your way, yeah
Take the sheet off your face, boy, it's a brand new day
Respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself
If you don't respect yourself
Ain't nobody gonna give a good cahoot, na na na na
Respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself
If you're walking 'round think'n that the world owes you something 'cause you're here
You goin' out the world backwards like you did when you first come here yeah
Keep talkin' bout the president, won't stop air pollution
Put your hand on your mouth when you cough, that'll help the solution
Oh, you cuss around women and you don't even know their names, no
Then you're dumb enough to think that'll make you a big ol' man
Respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself
If you don't respect yourself
Ain't nobody gonna give a good cahoot, na na na na
Respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself
Respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself, respect yourself
Respect yourself, yeah yeah respect yourself, respect yourself yeah, respect yourself
You oughta you oughta respect yourself yeah, respect yourself

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

Look I defend police everyday but this is ridiculous. This is straight harassment plain and simple. I don’t care if he’s black, white, yellow, green, or purple. He’s not breaking the law these cops wanted to make an example of him when they should have been minding their own business. This PC bs is getting stupid. These would probably be the first cops in line to arrest someone for spanking their kid. Words are words people. If he’s shooting someone by all means intervene. If not mind your own damn business and stay out of peoples lives.

Propolice
Propolice

Sorry as much as I almost always side with the police but Not This Time. He wasn’t abusing the child and although it’s not great to cuss at a kid today it’s not such a big thing. The police went overboard and the father kept his cool. Good for him!

Trefflek
Trefflek

White cops arresting a black man for cursing at his kids, not threatening, them but using colorful language to make a point. Of course they wait till after he took them shopping to buy food for dinner. Can’t make this stuff up, finally a story about a black father, married to the kids mother and he’s involved in the kids life everyday and the cops arrest him for cursing while he was in his own car.

This has good old southern racism written all over it.

Cops are 100% wrong!!

Bailey17
Bailey17

“My husband is a great father”, so why does he find the need to swear at them, by the video they seem very young, how would Dad or Mom feel if they got a call from daycare or school finding out one the children were in trouble because of swearing? What’s the purpose of swearing at a innocent child, those nasty, filthy words last a long time....what a fine example of a father....NOT!!!!

Stay free
Stay free

Remember this when talking about parents.

Nanny state, enforced by morons no longer lets parents, parent!

Bob Sumpf
Bob Sumpf

BAD collar !

Aco1979
Aco1979

@Bailey17 I guess I was a terrible Mom because I did swear at my boys. It seemed to be the only way they knew I was serious.
I think a warning might have been sufficient.

bryantrent
bryantrent

You dont talk to a child like that

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

As an officer this was handled inappropriately, then again I work in a city department where we have bigger problems instead of some town with a population of 27,000 residents. I'm not saying this guy was right for treating his child like that but it didn't warrant the chicken $hit officer waiting for him to go inside to then call the calvary because he couldn't handle this situation on his own, let's just say we'd have a field day with this officer in our squad room if this had happened in our jurisdiction.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Quit teaching your kids to have a foul mouth.

That said, the law is...

RS 14:103 SUBPART C. OFFENSES AFFECTING THE GENERAL PEACE AND ORDER §103. Disturbing the peace

A. Disturbing the peace is the doing of any of the following in such manner as would foreseeably disturb or alarm the public:

...

(2) Addressing any offensive, derisive, or annoying words to any other person who is lawfully in any street, or other public place; or call him by any offensive or derisive name, or make any noise or exclamation in his presence and hearing with the intent to deride, offend, or annoy him, or to prevent him from pursuing his lawful business, occupation, or duty; or...

Pretty sure that it's an easy dismissal. Father can argue that he was trying to correct his son's behavior, not deride, offend or annoy him.

Azleowife
Azleowife

Well, guess after my outburst last week towards my son, I should be arrested too.

Cowboycop22
Cowboycop22

And spitting on the sidewalk is still illegal in a lot of jurisdictions today. You can try to justify this anyway you’d like. Overreach is overreach and the cops are wrong in this situation. The police are not the parents and it sure as hell don’t take a city to raise city to raise our kids. You raise yours I’ll raise mine. Stay outa of where you don’t belong!!!

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Most of you complaining about this are missing a somewhat subtle point here. He wasn't arrested for swearing at the child, though the chief claimed that was an option.

He was arrested for disturbing the peace, after he continued to raise a ruckus laced with profanity, causing a scene in a public place that was also heavily populated beyond the normal Walmart crazy by a Mardis Gras parade.

His right to spew a profanity-laced tirade does not override the public interest of keeping the peace. He was arrested for carrying on like an asshole in a crowded public place.

The express
The express

So when did great father's start cursing at their kids? I must not have been a great dad because I never cursed at my kid.

Stanracer
Stanracer

I guess the officers didn't know that laws don't apply to black people.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Me thinks the city is going to pay when he files the civil suit... and if Mitchel's account of what happened is accurate, the cops were in the wrong here.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

F@$k the Supreme Court. Just because they 'rule' on something doesn't make it right. This proves people are so damn programmed by the system. Make your damn critical thinking judgement for a change.

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

For those who think it is okay to use language like that in front of anyone. The first thing that comes to mind isthe wife saying that her husband works everyday to support their children. Good for him Does it give him the right to let the kids know that he can talk anyway he wants.. NO
Any moron can use that type of language. A father wanting to teach their child to show consideration for other people property, he can do so without the foul language.
Those who think it was okay are the moron, to talk anyway they want to, by their own statement It show what a bully they are and greedy. It not about freedom of speech, its about money and power. They should get a life
And don't respond, this is my freedom of speech to say you are morons and the father is an idiot

Mrsmac
Mrsmac

Someone doesn’t know Louisiana Parish law. It’s different! They can always throw in the abuse of juvenile and make life hell for them both. Pay the fine fool!

Raymelson
Raymelson

Was he cursing them or just cursing to make a point there is a difference I language

cops-kid
cops-kid

Your freedom of speech ends at other people’s ears

TruBlu42
TruBlu42

I disagree with you on this one Baily17. I am not saying the coppers were wrong, if there is a law that states that, so be it. However, my mom cussed at my siblings and I like a 1970s sailor and she was a GREAT EXAMPLE/ROLE MODEL. Just because he uses flavored language does not mean he is setting a bad example. I am not trying to change your opinion by any means (it's your opinion) however at times, getting your point across with flavored words is needed. What if the kid was being a total butt the whole day and that was the straw the broke the camel's back... we don't know. Good on the dad for making sure his kid is aware of his surroundings...


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