Lybeth Hardy Arrested After Angry Mob Injures Port Barre Officers

Lybeth Hardy was arrested by Port Barre Police for reckless driving, resisting arrest, and hit and run.

Lybeth Hardy was arrested by Port Barre Police for reckless driving, resisting arrest, and hit and run.

Lybeth Hardy Arrested After Angry Mob Injures Port Barre Officers

Port Barre, Louisiana – Two officers with the Port Barre Police Department suffered injuries after being attacked by an angry mob while they were investigating Lybeth Hardy for a hit and run crash.

The incident occurred after police received a call from a citizen about a reckless driver that lost control, struck a tree as well and a parked car, and then fled the scene of the crash. Officers were able to locate the vehicle at a residence located at the 100 block of Courtableau Drive where Lybeth Hardy answered the door with her 15-year-old son. Police say Lybeth Hardy and her son began cursing at the officers. Hardy admitted that she was in the car with her kids at the time of the crash, but she failed to provide information on the vehicle’s owner

At some point in the investigation, the officers attempted arrest Lybeth Hardy when an angry mob gathered around the officers in a threatening, and aggressive manner. The officers began using pepper spray in self-defense and it was at that point that the officers were physically attacked by both adults and children of all ages.

According to Chief Deon Boudreaux one officer was struck with a folding chair and suffered an arm injury, while a second was treated for a head injury after being struck in the head with a fishing pole by Lybeth Hardy’s out of control 15-year-old boy. The officer that was struck in the head pointed his firearm at his assailant, but upon realizing the threat to his life was over he did not fire. Lybeth Hardy was subsequently arrested for reckless driving, hit-and-run, and resisting arrest.

Chief Deon Boudreaux provided a statement in reference to this mob type assault on his officers. We feel Chief Boudreaux’s statement is a fitting description of a culture of violence saturating the nation on a daily basis as a result of racist organizations like Black Lives Matter.

Read Chief Boudreaux’s full statement below:

“When I arrived on scene, I was met with disrespect not only from adults but from teenagers and preteen children as well. One of the children took his shirt off and approached me in a combative manner and begin cursing me, using very vulgar language which included derogatory and racist remarks. He done this in front of his mother.

There is a parenting problem when children can stand in the presence of their parents cursing, threatening and assaulting police officers and using a racist terms towards others. These officers were there to investigate a hit-and-run crash but instead had to fight with a family of all ages, defend their own lives and nearly had to use deadly force, all because of the disrespect and aggressive lifestyle that was taught from parents to children.

Had back up not arrived, had there been deadlier weapons laying around the yard, an officer, a husband, a father, could’ve lost his life over a hit and run complaint. A 15-year-old young man could have lost his life had it not been for the compassion and restraint by that police officer. As I watched the police officers body camera videos, I was proud of the police officers’ incredible restraint and professionalism but, I felt disgust towards the mother of those children.

To see a whole family of adults and children surrounding police officers cursing and disrespecting them and making threats and then assaulting them with anything they can get their hands on, which included the fishing pole, the folding chair and one young man even picked up a bicycle and struck an officer. It’s obvious this mother taught her children to disrespect authority and it could have very well cost her the life of one of her children. I find this very disturbing and disgusting. The lack of respect and lack of self-discipline.’

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