A Coushatta police officer's "taser cam" captures a recent exchange with the town's mayor, Johnny Cox, who refers to himself at the "B-H-I-N-C" [sic] while telling the officers to "get on out of here" while they're conducting a traffic stop.
The video, sent to KSLA News 12 anonymously, was recorded during a traffic stop on the street across from Coushatta Mayor Johnny Cox's house on around 9 p.m. on July 20.
Officers had pulled a woman over 900 block of E. Carroll St. for having a headlight out. They were just finishing up when a neighbor came out to complain the officers were blocking his driveway. The officer can be heard telling the man they will be moving as soon as they are done with the stop, and pointing out that the town owns all the way up to the edge of the sidewalk.
At that point, Mayor Johnny Cox comes out of his house across the street and addresses the officers, telling them to "Y'all get in y'all's cars and get about y'all's business, that's what I want you to do now."
"What's the problem, sir?" asks Officer Carson Jordan.
"Get in your car and go about your business, that's what I want you to do now," responds Cox.
"We are doing a traffic stop, sir," says Jordan.
"Did you hear me?" asks Cox. "I didn't ask you to talk back. Get in your car and patrol. That's the big mayor talking to you Jordan. You're not movin', fellas. Let's move, Jordan."
"I'm going to file a complaint against you," Jordan says.
"Don't forget I'm the big H-I-N-C [sic]. Go about your business."
"Big head what?" Jordan asks.
"Get on about your business is what I said," responds Cox.
"Don't abbreviate it, say what you mean," says Jordan "I'm tired of you making racial remarks."
"I'm making racial remarks?" asks Cox.
"Yes," answers Jordan. By this point, traffic has passed so that Jordan can pull out from the side of the road and leave the scene. As be begins to pull away, Cox continues, "Get your tail on about your business, young man. That's what you do. That's your boss talking, the mayor."
Jordan can be heard saying "uh huh" to the mayor as he finally pulls away.
KSLA News 12 went to Coushatta Monday to talk to Mayor Cox, the officer involved, and members of the town's police jury about this incident and other similar ones that they say have also been caught on camera.
Mayor Cox initially declined to address the question regarding what he meant by "big H-I-N-C," but later indicated he wished to make a statement. He told KSLA News 12 reporter Shayne Wright that he wanted to go on the record and say he meant "Head Negro in Charge."
When asked why he felt like he had to say that, Cox says "Officer Jordan wasn't hearing me asking him to leave."
We also spoke with Coushatta Chief of Police Joey Miller, he says he is aware of the situation and is in the process of turning over all the evidence to either the Ethics Board or Attorney General.
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