Man charged with hate crime for yelling slurs at officers under new ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law

NEW ORLEANS (NEWS10) – Police arrested a Louisiana man they say damaged property and yelled slurs at a witness and officers in New Orleans.

Raul Delatoba, 34, was charged with simple criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace, and a felony hate crime.

Deltaoba is accused of being intoxicated and banging on a window at a hotel on Bourbon Street in the early morning hours on Monday. FOX News reports that while officers were detaining and arresting Delatoba, he made vulgar sexist and racist slurs.

In May, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a Blue Lives Matter bill after three officers were killed and three were injured during a shooting on a Baton Rouge Highway.

The Blue Lives Matter law expands the state’s hate crime statute to include the targeting of police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel.

It’s believed that Delatoba is the first person to be arrested under the Blue Lives Matter law.

The ACLU of Louisiana says while Delatoba’s behavior is deeply offensive, it is not illegal and in fact is protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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