Agenda asks council to approve 'witch hunt' settlement
BATON ROUGE- An agenda for the next meeting of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council appears to ask council members to approve a settlement over what an attorney calls a witch hunt at the bequest of the mayor.
According to next Wednesday's agenda, the parish attorney has asked the council to pay a $35,000 settlement. In February, Kim McCants sued the department, the city-parish government, and police officers - including Police Chief Carl Dabadie and a detective - for damages and attorneys fees. McCants, through court documents and her attorney, said she believed her civil rights were violated and became entangled in a scandal while Mayor Kip Holden was trying to fire then police chief Dewayne White in 2013.
The court documents claim the mayor's office told a detective to launch an investigation into "every aspect of Mr. White's life, including into his personal life." McCants believes investigators discovered a past relationship she had with the fired chief and was told to obtain evidence to release to the public for the "sole purpose of embarrassing" White.
McCants said in court documents her phone was taken in March 2013 and the contents of her phone, including pictures, were shared among the police department and the public. McCants accused the city of trying to release messages between her and White before a judge blocked releasing the conversations.
The settlement plan will be introduced on Wednesday and could be decided during the last meeting of the council in October.
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