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Former St. Louis cop charged with felony harassment of LGBT couple

Friday, January 10, 2014

SAINT LOUIS — A one-time St. Louis police officer has been charged with a felony count of “harassment motivated by discrimination to frighten or disturb another person” stemming from an incident last month in which he allegedly harassed and intimidated an LGBT couple.

Jeffrey Michael Leveque

Jeffrey Michael Leveque

Jeffrey Michael Leveque, 45, is accused of accosting Meg Hensley and her transgender male partner Kendan Elliott, over the display of a gay pride rainbow flag that mimics the U.S. stars and stripes from their front porch.

According to the couple, Leveque and another man in a pickup truck stopped and blocked the couple’s car as they were leaving for work on Dec. 11, 2013.

Court documents stated that Leveque opened his car door and, from a few feet away, began yelling at the couple using anti-LGBT slurs. Later that day, Hensley discovered someone had posted a photo of their flag with foul, anti-gay comments on the “Rant and Rave” comment section of the St. Louis Craigslist, reported KTVI-TV.

“It wasn’t just anger there was a lot of name calling and bashing and even threats. It was very scary,” Elliott said at the time of the incident. Hensley agreed, adding: “On their post on Craigslist it said we make them sick to see us every day. That makes me think they live in my neighborhood.”

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In the arrest warrant, St. Louis police said Leveque put Elliot “in reasonable apprehension of offensive physical contact or harm” and that Leveque was “knowingly motivated by the sexual orientation” (gender identity) of Elliot.

Leveque is a former St. Louis police officer who served from November 2001 to April 2004, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and resigned while under investigation by Internal Affairs for an unspecified allegation.

Leveque has had other encounters with law enforcement: he was placed on five years’ probation in September after being convicted of receiving stolen property, and in 2007 he was placed on probation for third-degree assault.

He faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted on the most recent charges.

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  1. Charge the punk. He’s a disgrace to the law enforcement community and humankind. Close minded jerk.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:20pm
  2. American cops are the scum of the earth

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:21pm
  3. so agree Jd....one day, people will get fed up with them and take them all down

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:01pm
  4. HIGHLY AGREED MORGAN!

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:15pm
  5. Not all cops are like this... no need to be horrible.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:25pm
  6. its not just american cops. cops in general are drawn to the profession not to protect and serve, but to work out some deep seeded aggression and narcicism.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:18am
  7. decent cops in berkeley...

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:27am
  8. There are good and bad in all professions.

    Replied on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:57am
  9. No donut! Too soon? I’ll show myself out.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:21pm
  10. The only thing he will be getting are "cock-meat" sandwiches from the inmates, when he gets sentenced ;)

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:23pm
  11. Jamie, I like you and I like your attitude. But if you ever become a super-hero, don't talk after you do your good deeds. Just fly away, because you've got a noble heart but you're not a great talker.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:27pm
  12. prison sounds good he has a another issue he is corrupt!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:22pm
  13. We need a better term to identify the couple. “LGBT couple” is silly in my mind. I personally love the term “queer” but I understand it is not popular with everyone. But something more encompassing than what seems like “I don’t know what to label them as so I’ll just give them the blanket LGBT….enough with the damn alphabet already!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:24pm
  14. dude you should know better

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:24pm
  15. fucker

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:25pm
  16. he really wants it.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:25pm
  17. String him up.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:27pm
  18. Hope he’s in jail long enough to become “Big Bubba’s Bitch”!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:27pm
  19. asshole , lock him up

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:29pm
  20. pig

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:30pm
  21. Wow, I can’t believe they’re actually holding a pig accountable for his actions.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:31pm
  22. criminals with badges.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:36pm
  23. Send him to jail in panties!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:37pm
  24. Flush em out!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:40pm
  25. He Just looks like your typical “Police” bully

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:44pm
  26. Bet he don’t like blacks and latins any better

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:45pm
  27. Book ‘em…Dano….

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:45pm
  28. 5,000.00 that,s it ? better up the price and jail time,,he,s just a bigot piece of shit the way i see it !!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:46pm
  29. Put him under the jail and throw away the key!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:58pm
  30. This is why people don’t trust the police.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:08pm
  31. Good that bastered deserve to be charged what makes him think he’s better than us gays? Were all equal gay bi lesbian and trans-gendered were all human with feelings.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:09pm
  32. Good, put his fat ass in prison & see how he takes to getting butt fucked on a daily basis by a 300 lb. man named Tiny. He deserves lots worse. Fine should be doubled.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:11pm
  33. Here’s the thing…don’t take an other to protect and serve if you’re NOT GOING TO DO IT FOR EVERYONE!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:15pm
  34. Salvage

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:21pm
  35. Charge him, convict him, lock him up for life!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:26pm
  36. Scumbag.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:27pm
  37. It’s nice to know that, even though cops are seemingly immune from prosecution no matter what, when they retire, they eventually become eligible for some prosecution if what they do is shitty enough and gets enough press.
    God Bless America; aka Dumbfuckistan.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:52pm
  38. He needs to just accept that he wants to S all the D and get over it already! Face reality

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:06pm
  39. He looks pretty sad, I kind of get the feeling he knows what he did.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:09pm
  40. Prosecute him and fire him.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:09pm
  41. He is already retired XD

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:10pm
  42. I never thought anything of saint Louis cops, this is just another reason why !

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:18pm
  43. What a POS. He can’t even hold his head up for the camera. I’ll bet he’s a closet case.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:20pm
  44. ….he needs to oil the hinges on his closet door….

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:26pm
  45. Fire him at once !! Shame !!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:32pm
  46. What a loser.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:42pm
  47. Let’s hope he gets put away for a while.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:58pm
  48. Bubba is waiting for you in jail asshole

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:10pm
  49. In sure he’ll be ordered to write a letter of apology, pick up communal trash for a month, and go on a public speaking tour that somehow morphs into his personal revelation about being scared by clowns when he was a kid.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:35pm
  50. He’s got a nice long rap sheet even besides his bigoted attacks. He WAS a cop, he resigned under police investigation. He’s a POS. I hope they throw the book at him.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:39pm
  51. Nice guy….he really is something for the St Louis PD to be proud to be associcated with….you know….the nice thing is….not too long ago people got away with this shit….they harassed us….they even beat us up…they taunted us in school to make our lives unbearable…..the nice thing is…WE no longer take this shit from people…we stand up….we fight back….and we have each others backs…..LGTB and all of our supporters i give you one big high five!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:22am
  52. shame. shame on him and his cronies!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:29am
  53. A badge does not magically remove a person’s baser motives and darker nature.

    Police officers are human beings who are going to make mistakes and be themselves, but with more temptation to pursue their personal biases and hatreds because of their authority.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:51am
  54. Happens quite a bit

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:02am
  55. Straight to jail!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:10am
  56. Throw him in prison for a decade and let him drop the soap a few times. He deserves it.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:19am
  57. Four years isn’t long enough!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:21am
  58. SCUM GO TO PRISON

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:30am
  59. Good that he has to face the consequences of his actions.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:44am
  60. stupid ass prick

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:52am
  61. Freaking ass!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:57am
  62. This happened in my neighbourhood just two blocks from me and I want to be very clear, the police have been amazing the prosecutors office has been amazing! 99% of St. Louis city cops are great to the lgbt community and treat us with love and respect. Please don’t let this FORMER cop ruin the reputation of almost all the rest currently serving our great city.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:18am
  63. The one who call us fag is one himself , your a punk take off the gun and your a coward.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:20am
  64. I’ve known cops from other countries just as bad.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:39am
  65. Would castration be too harsh a punishment for him? Or maybe, not harsh enough?

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:54am
  66. another douche

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 4:46am
  67. Lol he looks really tough now..

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:37am
  68. Hate filled fugly rotten sore on a donkeys nut sack

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:29am
  69. Leave it to a man in uniform.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:51am
  70. Sick bastered!…hope he finishes up in jail.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:31am
  71. Why does he hate gays….he looks very unhappy – maybe he should become GAY!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:34am
  72. Piece of shit. Jail him!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12:11pm
  73. he is just a bully

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:26pm