Man Arrested After Cursing At His Kid Outside Walmart
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: