Who is Casey LaCaze? Louisiana cops apologize to woman who went viral after being ticketed for CROP TOP
A woman's TikTok video had gone viral after she took to the app to complain about an indecent exposure citation she received at a festival on Saturday, June 11. Casey LaCaze-Lachney, known on the app by her username @kazzi112, posted about the incident where it has received more than 2.6 million views. LaCaze-Lachney captioned the video "make it make sense" before showing viewers the outfit in question.
In the video, LaCaze was shown wearing a black t-shirt that covered her shoulders and was cropped just above the belly button, paired with cutoff denim shorts and a studded belt. LaCaze-Lachney stated, "All of my bits are covered. Are you kidding me? At a family event where there's alcohol being literally handed out for free and that's a family event, three female cops came up to me and gave me a ticket". Louisiana police officials later dropped charges against her. Casey LaCaze-Lachney also received an apology from the Winnfield police chief Tuesday, July 12, for the faulty accusation, according to The Shreveport Times.
The clip racked up millions of views, and police officials threw fuel on the fire in a subsequent Facebook post that complained the woman’s viral complaint had a “negative impact on the service of our police officers.” On Wednesday, June 15, the Winnfield Police Department made a post on Facebook stating, "Recent posts to social media have had a negative impact on the service of our police officers during this family fun-filled festival. An unnamed citizen was cited for a city ordinance and has since taken to a popular social media site, blasting police officers. However, 3 female officers responded to various complaints about the person's attire, and the person of interest was issued a citation under the city ordinance." The referenced city ordinance states "It shall be unlawful for any person to wear pants, trousers, shorts, skirts, dresses or skorts in any public place or places open to the public which either intentionally exposes undergarments or intentionally exposes any portion of the pubic hair,
LaCaze-Lachney and her lawyer met with Police Chief Johnny Ray Carpenter and Winnfield City Attorney Herman Castete on Tuesday, and both officials acknowledged her outfit was not illegal. The officials explained that a Winnfield lieutenant ordered an officer — who was also his wife — and two other cops to issue the citation, which carries a fine of up to $300 and 40 hours of community service. “This means that the ordinance was improperly enforced not just by three lower-level officers, but by the police department’s lieutenant,” attorney Randall Hayes told the outlet.
The officers involved failed to turn on their body cameras, but third-party video of the arrest reportedly confirmed that LaCaze-Lachney was wearing the clothes she had on in her TikTok message and not exposing herself. In a follow-up video posted on the platform Tuesday, the woman said the police chief has her “full respect” after apologizing for her ordeal.