In an unprecedented event on Friday, October 11, 2013 two officials with the Greater New Orleans Football Officials Association were arrested in Covington, Louisiana by members of the Covington Police Department in the middle of a high school football contest between rival schools St. Paul's and Mandeville High School. The officials were removed from the field in the third quarter and were charged with Public Intimidation. Although the story is a bit sketchy, it is undisputed that the officials did not use force or violence and did not threaten the arresting officers; which are the elements of the crime they were charged with. News sources have reported that the incident stemmed from a problem with the visiting team's crowd that was allowed to stand on the sideline during the contest. When the fans became a problem, the referees asked the cops to address the problem. After a heated exchange between the cops and the referees, sources say the Referee, ejected a Covington police officer from the game. As a direct result of being ejected, the officer placed the referee under arrest for violating LA R.S. 14:122.
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