Former Police Officer Jeffrey Leveque Charged with Harassing Couple over Gay Pride Flag

Categories: Crime, LGBT

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Jeffrey Leveque
A former St. Louis police officer was charged with harassing a queer Tower Grove couple over the rainbow-colored U.S. flag hanging on their porch.

Jeffrey Leveque, 45, of north St. Louis County, faces a felony harassment charge for making verbal threats and posting a picture of the couple's home on Craigslist.

Leveque was last in court in September, when he pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1,000 of items from Home Depot, according to court records.

Police say Leveque was one of the two men who parked outside the home of Meg Hensley, 27, and her partner Kendan Elliott, 34, and yelled at them threateningly as they tried to go to work. Hensley told the Daily RFT afterward that the officer was angry the couple's rainbow-colored flag "defaced" the American flag.

See also: Bullies Target Queer Tower Grove Couple over Rainbow Flag; Post Address, Slurs on Craigslist

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Meg Hensley and Kendan Elliott
After Hensley called police, the men posted a picture of her house in Criagslist's "Rants and Raves" section, railing against the "carpet-munching cunt" couple.

"Obviously, this guy is watching us," Hensley told the Daily RFT in December. "For him to go online and guide people to my house and encourage other people to harass me is terrifying."

Hensley only learned of the Craigslist posting when a stranger found it online, came to her house and alerted her.

The Craigslist posting has since been removed, but here's what it said:

So the carpet muncher called the police. So offended you were. Who is the criminal? You deface the "American Flag" and upset that stated to you how un American you are. Well you make me sick everyday when you kiss your girlfriend good bye. Being a carpet muching cunt is one thing but our flag is another. Have some respect for our country if you have no respect for our Lord.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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microbus
microbus

strange that a man who has no regard for other parts of the bible that are more relevant  (STEALING, HELLO… MENTIONED A LOT MORE THAN THE BLURB FROM THAT FREAK BASTARD  ISAIAH's BIBLICAL OUTTAKE) should proclaim himself the moral compass of others… the sense of indignation and perverted entitlement to pass judgement, when this man is so obviously flawed and criminal in actions and bigotry… it amazes me… it's a wonderful thing, this christian religion… that allows you to hate that which you don't understand, whilst being a total shithead, and still be saved… but the best thing of all, is you get to SEND PEOPLE TO HELL… something they don't talk about, but the idea is YES… the jews who wrote it took special glee in condemning the people that enslaved them… the idea is that EVEN THOUGH WE BE IMPOTENT SLAVES IN THIS LIFE, WE WILL LORD OVER THESE LESSER BEINGS IN THE NEXT… it's the part of that nasty little religion that give it teeth… the ability to lord your salvation over others and proclaim then DOOMED FOR ETERNITY… I used to be a christian… and though they don't go as far as to say these things ver batim it's the better part of the opiate they get high on… empowering one's self is the real salvation of judaism and christianity… how else can you live this life of servitude, self-denial , abstinence and repression and feel like YOU'RE THE LUCKY ONE… hell, i'd be pissed too… poor, dumb, duped, sucker. Imagine how tight and dry his anus is. 

Adam Woodson
Adam Woodson

yeah, let us know when somebody does that to you. and then posts it on craigslist as well and encourages others to harass you. not gonna hold my breath.

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

Yes Dan Brown. We gays are clearly an unruly, militant horde threatening yer straight, white, maleness. Booga booga.

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

I wonder if someone hung a banner outside of my house saying "straight, white, middle class, union man lives here" that would be considered harassment? Because as far as I'm concerned it should be, there's a war against all those things....

Tashe Stefacek
Tashe Stefacek

In response to Nick Schmidt- once a cop, always a cop. The oath is not temporary, so let's not hide your true beliefs/intentions behind your (supposed) support for law enforcement. On a seperate note- this article is disheartening and sickening, such hatred....just terrible.

Nick Schmidt
Nick Schmidt

Apparently someone missed the part of the HEADLINE that says " USED TO BE" Michelle Accardi People trying to bash police in comment sections. What else is new, indeed.

Anne Rezentes
Anne Rezentes

This is sick sad and scary. So sorry my neighbors were subjected to this and disgusted by the rampant misogyny in Missouri.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

why did you crop off his horns I say we make an example of this worthless looser...maybe a billboard or just posters all over South Saint Louis...

Lori Peterson
Lori Peterson

I hope that they have found that there is a lot of support out there. I don't know them, but I am so glad that their neighborhood and the people in it have rallied around them and let them know that they won't stand for that type of behavior from people! I am glad they found the person responsible and are holding him accountable.

Mary Elizabeth Brown
Mary Elizabeth Brown

Personally, I am very happy that my neighbors have received (thus far) a whole lot of neighborhood support, and then what seems an approach to justice.

Mary Elizabeth Brown
Mary Elizabeth Brown

As a journalistic choice, I agree. That article would have been better without trying to be that cute. That came off simply wrong, and a too clever by half. Personally, I have no problem with "labels", per se. We all have that deeply rooted sense of identity and being that has this impulse to wanting to understand others and ourselves. Labels have a positive use, too.

Lori Peterson
Lori Peterson

I never feel the need to put a label on people and feel that this would have been a much better article without that in it. Thanks for your response!

Mary Elizabeth Brown
Mary Elizabeth Brown

I routinely refer to myself as queer, and use it regularly. As Aron suggests below, it is context. That said, as a work of journalism *cough*, the RFT kind of tilted to the side of hipster, trendy knowingness without having earned THAT much right to do so.

Shauna Stegall
Shauna Stegall

Yea. It's too bad the 7th graders ruined that one. Lol.

Aron Fischer
Aron Fischer

The use of the word "Queer" is not always derogatory - it depends on the context. It seems that the author is using it for its context as an inclusive term...instead of the 7th grade derogatory term.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

I bet he is a proud "Patriot" that loves him some "Dana Loesch" RFT covers and knows the "constitution" like the his "forefathers" meant it to be understood. He loves "eagles" and "flags" and "soldiers"...and says "freedom" a lot while he shoot his "gun" (cause it ain't illegal).

Steve Van Booven
Steve Van Booven

Jerks like this learn hate and intolerance as kids from the people they grow up around. Of course not all of the time but when a kid grows up in a racist/hateful environment, most of them are going to grow up thinking that's the way to be. Stop the cycle and tell your kids, nephews/nieces that we are all equal. Yes people have many differences but mostly we are all the same.

Shauna Stegall
Shauna Stegall

I agree with Lori. Was a little taken back by the "queer Tower Grove couple"

Deb45
Deb45

Well that's a disturbing turn of events. But in my experience cops & lawyers always think the laws don't apply to them.

Kristy Lytle
Kristy Lytle

He has some audacity ranting about the love a couple shares and how un-American they are... yet he committed theft. Considering he was an officer of the law... and now breaks the law, isn't he also un-American? Worthless douchebag.

Lori Peterson
Lori Peterson

Please explain to me why the author of the article needed to call them a "queer Tower Grove couple". Couldn't it just say "Tower Grove couple"?

Kristy Cognac Creighton
Kristy Cognac Creighton

Good! His freedom of speech ends at the laws of harassment and he stepped WELL BEYOND the boundary of that law. Throw the book at him!

Chris Settles
Chris Settles

Right. Let's kill people for speech....brilliant idea.

Norma Cole Sosko
Norma Cole Sosko

Guess that's why he is a former cop. Glad he got caught. Hope he becomes someones biotch in jail. Lol!!!

chica2270
chica2270

I agree, it's offensive to use the word "queer". Bad call!

bill.streeter
bill.streeter topcommenter

This comment doesn't make any sense. I've read it about half a dozen times now and I still don't see what the point of it is. 

TheQ
TheQ

Let's not hide your cop bashing behind tenuous arguments about how this man's behavior reflects on all cops. You have no idea why this idiot is no longer a cop. He might even have been removed for being a bigot. You know, a bigot = a person who holds bigoted beliefs... like you.

microbus
microbus

sorry, the quotes are superfluous, but… that's OK… 

Jenniferwhatnot
Jenniferwhatnot

These two lovely people are my friends and they self-identify as "queer." As I mentioned in a reply below, since they were harassed for being queer it's relevant to the story; if the story had labeled them some other way against their preference, it would be a tad rude (though probably less jarring to people who aren't used to the term in a friendly way).

microbus
microbus

maybe they preferred the term? It can be an inclusive word… depends on how thick your skin is and how you like to be portrayed. 

Jenniferwhatnot
Jenniferwhatnot

@chica2270 It's not offensive if people self-identify as queer. Their queer identity is what prompted the harassment so it's perfectly relevant to the story, even if some may find it jarring.

microbus
microbus

@chica2270 it could have been the term they preferred… words fall in and out of favor… some folks have thicker skin and words as such used in an inclusive spirit lose their teeth… maybe it's one of those things you can SAY if you ARE… as in THAT'S OUR WORD… fine have it! 

microbus
microbus

@bill.streeter perhaps you should consider the life of derision and oppression that you never lived… there is no way to understand or empathize an experience that you've never had and a life you've never lived. You are safely anchored in the mainstream despite your weak petulant desire to be otherwise. Once you've lived that life, you can make your own sign and dangle it like a flag where you like. No one who actually has a life or a moral barometer will give two shits… good luck with that,, maybe it will happen in our lifetime. 

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