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Natchitoches City Councilwoman Arrested

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According to a Task Force Official, on the 30th of April 2011, Agents of the Criminal Patrol Unit were conducting a traffic stop on Amulet Street in which one of the occupants of the vehicle had given them a false name.

Due to the fact that this individual had given a false name, agents suspected some type of criminal activity was possibly afoot. While agents were attempting to identify this individual, as well as focusing on the additional occupant of the vehicle, a white vehicle stops in the middle of the roadway impeding the flow of traffic.

At that time agents recognized occupant of the vehicle to be a Natchitoches City Council Person, Sylvia Morrow. Agents advised her she needed to move on due to the fact that she was impeding traffic as well distracting them from their current investigation. At this point Morrow ignored the agents' commands and exited her vehicle while it was still in the middle of the roadway impeding traffic and proceeded towards the agents.

As a result, Sylvia Marie Morrow, 64, was charged with resisting an officer by the intentional interfering with an officer during the course of his/her Official Capacity. After she was taken into custody, she was formally booked at the Natchitoches Police Department and is currently being held with a $2,500.00 property bond.

According to the Louisiana Criminal Code, Revised Statute 14:108:

"R.S.14:108 A. Resisting an officer is the intentional interference with, opposition or resistance to, or obstruction of an individual acting in his official capacity and authorized by law to make a lawful arrest, lawful detention, or seizure of property or to serve any lawful process or court order when the offender knows or has reason to know that the person arresting, detaining, seizing property, or serving process is acting in his official capacity."

This statute serves not only to protect officers throughout the state but the public as well. On a day to day basis, Law Enforcement Officers place their lives on the line for each one of us and once an officer has to redirect, or divert, his or her attention from an investigation at hand, the possibility of injury to the officers and innocent bystanders increase. The job of these Law Enforcement Officers are stressful and demanding enough, without the unnecessary involvement of other individuals.

Law Enforcement Officials encourage anyone who has a question or concern in reference to any investigation, to please wait until it is safe and approved by officers on the scene or to bring your concerns to the appropriate department.

 

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