Man claims deputy took away more than his rights

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Posted: Jun 27, 2011 6:44 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Jun 27, 2011 6:59 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: man, claim, deputy, Pointe Coupee Parish, rights, camera, video

BLANKS, La.- A man from Pointe Coupee Parish says a sheriff's deputy took away more than just his rights.

Arthur Smith told News 2 that Deputy Corey Beach took his camera away after he started filming a crash that happened in front of his home late Saturday night. A woman who lives with Smith was involved in the accident.

The video Smith recorded shows Deputy Beach shining his flashlight at the camera and saying, "Get the camera out of here, get the camera out of here." Moments later, Smith says Deputy Beach walked up and took the camera away.

Smith hasn't filed a formal written complaint with the Sheriff's Office but he did meet with Sheriff Bud Torres earlier today.

"When a citizen comes forward and says, hey, I don't feel I was treated appropriately, we certainly take that matter seriously because we want our deputies to be professional," Sheriff Torres said.

Sheriff Torres says if he receives a written complaint the Sheriff's Office will conduct an investigation and discipline the deputy accordingly.

Smith got his camera back after deputies cleared the accident. No one involved in the crash got a ticket.

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