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BRPD chief fired shortly after public appearance

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Posted: Feb 6, 2013 1:58 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Feb 6, 2013 7:18 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: police, chief, white, fired, city, baton rouge, metro council, government

BATON ROUGE- Police Chief Dewayne White was fired from his position as the city's top police officer Wednesday.

White told News 2 he received a letter around noon from city Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel that there was a "substantial disagreement with the direction of the Baton Rouge Police Department."

Sources close to White told News 2 the Mayor's office asked White to resign before giving him the termination letter.

White did not know who the interim Chief would be. When asked about his future, he said "when one door closes, another opens."

White appeared this morning with Mayor-President Kip Holden and other city-parish leaders to discuss gun safety after a number of accidental shooting deaths in East Baton Rouge last month. White was introduced as police chief by Mayor Holden, and said he received the letter after the press conference ended.

News 2 reached out to members of the EBR Metro Council for comment. C. Denise Marcelle said she didn't know about the decision before it happened, was upset because she felt the chief was "doing a good job." Donna Collins Lewis also said she was surprised, and thought it was strange the Council was not notified.

Councilman Joel Boe said he was disappointed, but not surprised. He said he felt White was getting along with the community well, but recent changes he made to the department didn't sit well with the police union.

White announced plans last month to beef up the department's patrol division with more officers by not transferring out veteran patrol officers when new recruits joined the force. White said the transfers kept the patrol division the same size while the city's population swelled.

The police union and Mayor Kip Holden have not responded so far to requests for comment. White has ten days to appeal the decision.

News 2 will have more on this developing story tonight starting at 4 p.m.

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