This story has been updated to include a statement from Casey LaCaze-Lachney.
The TikTok video of a Winnfield, LA woman went viral after she took to the app to complain about a citation for indecent exposure she received at a festival on Saturday, June 11.
Casey LaCaze-Lachney, known on the app by her username @kazzi112, posted about the incident that received more than 2.6 million views. LaCaze-Lachney captioned the video “make it make sense” before showing viewers the outfit in question.
LaCaze-Lachney is shown wearing a black t-shirt that came off her shoulders and was cropped just above her navel, paired with cropped jean shorts and a studded belt.
In the video, LaCaze-Lachney says, “All my parts are covered. Are you kidding me? At a family event where literally free booze was being handed out and three cops walked up to me and gave me a ticket.”
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On Wednesday, June 15, the Winnfield Police Department made a Facebook post that read:
“Recent social media posts have had a negative impact on the service of our police officers during this fun-filled family festival. An unnamed citizen was cited for a city ordinance and has since turned to a popular site on social media, criticizing police officers. However, 3 female officers responded to multiple complaints about the person’s clothing and the person of interest received a citation per city ordinance.”
The city ordinance referenced 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 that intentionally exposes undergarments or intentionally exposes any part of the pubic hair, the cleft of the buttocks, or genitalia.
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According to the Winnfield Police Department post, fines range from $25 for a first offense to a maximum of $300 and the individual can be ordered to perform up to 40 hours of community service.
“We, as public servants, will not engage in a social media war with anyone or any organization as it is inappropriate and brings this department into disrepute,” a department spokesperson stated in the Washington Police Department’s Facebook post. Winfield. “We are also unable to comment on the details of any cases under investigation or pending court action.”
Since the viral video, LaCaze-Lachney has posted two updates on TikTok explaining in more detail what happened and stated that she was seeking legal representation.
“I moved here in October and I don’t know the officer who approached me,” LaCaze-Lachney said. “I felt attacked. I wasn’t told about the complaints at the time of the citation, so it’s not clear if it was actually community-driven or if it was just the officers acting alone. I guess now everything I wear in public is second.”
To view the original videos and updates, visit LaCaze-Lachney’s TikTok page and to view the full statement from the Winnfield Police Department, visit their Facebook page.
Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. She can be found on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and emailed at [email protected]