About 80 miles east of Lake Charles, you'll find in Lafayette parish the town of Broussard. A 32-year-old mother there recently spent a night in jail after being arrested for what many observers believe is not only a miscarriage of justice, but also a violation of her civil rights.
What did the Broussard mom do? She posted a video to social media of a fight between a pair of high school students. That's it.
Maegan Adkins-Barras was arrested on a charge of unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity for uploading the fight video her son captured at his high school. It should be noted that many people believe the obscure law she allegedly violated does not appear to apply to her, as it is designed to punish only "a person who is either a principal or accessory to a crime."
A criminal defense attorney who taught criminal litigation at LSU said, "The police are going to have some hurdles. They're going to have to either establish that she was a principal or accessory to the fight, and that means they're going to have to establish that she was there and somehow started or encouraged the fight." They're also going to have to prove that posted it for notoriety or publicity, the lawyer said.
Her son took the video of the fight, but was not involved in the skirmish, according to the police chief. The boy sent the video to his mom, who then posted it on Facebook.
A high school resource officer then contacted her, and placed her under arrest - even after she removed the video from Facebook.
Many observers believe the woman will have a strong case if she files a civil lawsuit against the school district.
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