At the GOP’s Lousiana state convention, it soon became clear that Ron Paul delegates would win the ballot. The night before, the Convention delegates had voted to remove the Chair of the Rules Committee for not following the bylaws.
When the newly elected Chair of the Rules Committee Mr. Helwig went to take his seat, the Chair of the Republican Party Mr. Villere ordered the police to arrest him. While arresting Mr. Helwig, the police allegedly broke several of his fingers. The state delegation then unanimously voted to elect a new Chair for the Convention. They turned their chairs around and continued the meeting with the new Chair of the Convention Mr. Hertford.
The previous Chair of the Convention, Mr. Villere, ordered the police to arrest the new Chair, Mr. Hertford. It was feared that the police dislocated Mr. Hertford’s artificial hip when they assaulted him. The new Chair, Mr. Hertford, lay on the floor writhing in pain. Mr. Hertford suffered bruising, but his hip was not dislocated. He was released from the hospital and taken to the local police station. His arrest report said he was arrested for refusing to leave and resisting arrest.
The article on Pixiq also points out that the second video in which Mr. Hertford is tackled by police, a police officer tries to confiscate the video footage. The Pixiq article states that it is illegal for the police to confiscate video except in extreme circumstances such as murder cases.
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