Police: No Hakken 'Anti-Government Rally,' Despite Other Departments' Claims

Slidell, Louisiana, police aren't sure where that story came from


A spokesman for the Slidell Police Department in Louisiana said there was no "anti-government" rally in Slidell when the Hakkens were there.

He said if there had been, they would have known about it, and they also are wondering where that part of the story came from.

Last Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office put out a media alert with the following information.

"What we have learned so far, and keep in mind this a still preliminary, that on June 17th 2012, the father Joshua Hakken was arrested in a hotel on multiple drug charges in St. Tammany Parrish, Louisiana after attending some type of anti-government rally."

Media outlets have used the phrase "anti-government" since then in stories, headlines and social media to describe the couple.