Former Idaho senator arrested four times in past five weeks

Former Idaho senator arrested four times in past five weeks

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Former Idaho senator arrested four times in past five weeks

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by Matt Standal

KREM.com

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

BOISE -- Former Idaho State Senator Nicole LeFavour has been arrested four times in the past five weeks at the Idaho Statehouse.

The outspoken gay rights activist is viewed by many as the leader of the Add the Four Words movement, whose members seek greater protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people under the Idaho Human Rights Act.

LeFavour was most recently booked into the Ada County Jail Thursday at 11:41 p.m.

The 50-year-old had refused to leave the Capitol building after it closed for the night, according to Idaho State Police spokesperson Theresa Baker.

She was jailed along with two other protesters, Joseph Kibbe, 35, and Tanya Carson, 41.

Baker says the Idaho Department of Administration placed a call with ISP to have the protesters removed when the statehouse closed.

According to court documents, LeFavour has upcoming hearings scheduled in connection with two previous arrests for misdemeanor trespassing, once on February 3, and again on February 20.

LeFavour was also arrested on charges of resisting and obstructing on Tuesday, March 4.

Watch video of the first arrest here.

In a Facebook post documenting her latest arrest, LeFavour criticized Idaho State Police, saying that an "excessive" number of police cars were dispatched to arrest her.

"Who is telling them to waste resources like that?" LeFavour asked in the post.

KTVB has previously reported the costs for arresting the protesters is now approaching $20,000.

Get that story here.

When asked to respond to the former senator's comments, Baker indicated the number of officers responding was due to the timeframe of the protest.

"This was a little bit out of the ordinary because up to that point, the protest had been in the daytime hours, and they told us what they planned," Baker said.

The relationship between ISP and the protesters has been a civil and largely agreeable one, according to Baker.

 

 

 

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