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Tempers flare at Coushatta Town Council meeting over police video

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The controversy over the video motivated more than 45 residents to attend the meeting, leaving standing room only at the town council meeting Tuesday night in Coushatta. The controversy over the video motivated more than 45 residents to attend the meeting, leaving standing room only at the town council meeting Tuesday night in Coushatta.
COUSHATTA, LA (KSLA) -

Tempers flared at Tuesday's Coushatta Town Council meeting over the release of a controversial police video showing a heated exchange between Mayor Johnny Cox and Police Officer Carson Jordan.
 
In the video, the mayor is caught calling himself what some have interpreted to mean: "head n***** in charge," but the mayor denies using any racial slurs.

Some residents aren't happy that not only is the video is circulating, including separately uploaded versions that have tallied up at least 12,000 views on You Tube, but other residents say the video needed to be seen.
 
The controversy over the video motivated more than 45 residents to attend the meeting, leaving standing room only. "There's a lot of us that's always been at the meeting, but it's never been this packed," said Lifetime Coushatta resident Essie Barfield. 

"We feel outraged!" said Reverend Kirby Demery who expressed his anger that the video has been spreading and even called it "bullying."

"The problem is, we found it was unfair, to this council and to the mayor, for the tape to go to Channel 12 News, without being reviewed by the council. That's mishandling evidence," said Demery. 
     
Coushatta native Kathy Quick's brother is officer Carson Jordan, who took the video and disagrees with Demery. "I don't know why Reverend Demery was so upset over the fact that ya'll got the video, because he said he'd already seen it. I mean I can go watch it on YouTube."
 
While Reverend Demery refused to comment on the contents of the video, Barfield says she doesn't see what the problem is. "Well the way I feel about it is if he did say what he said, that they said he said, he was talking about himself. You can't be racist against yourself, you can say anything you want to say about yourself."

"I don't have anything more to say about it. The video speaks for itself," said Quick.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Cox had his lawyer read the attorney general's opinion involving how the town's chief of police, attorney, and clerk are chosen. It said the mayor should nominate those positions, with the council voting on his choices. Mayor Cox told the council if they didn't follow the AG's opinion, he would take the issue to court.  

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