Posted: Aug 22, 2011 6:53 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Aug 22, 2011 6:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - Chief of Police Dewayne White wants to set the record straight. He wants the public to know there will not be a cover-up, and the football players in question will be treated as any other persons of interest would be.
"This case is not going away and we will leave no stone unturned until we find out beyond a reasonable doubt who perpetrated these crimes on these four individuals and they will be arrested and they will be booked accordingly," White said.
Four LSU players were due to interview with police Monday morning, but Chief White granted their attorney, Nathan Fisher, a 24-hour period to meet with the players and get their story straight.
White said, "these players are not flight risks. They're high profile people, and we know where to go get them."
White maintained each of these four players has the right to remain silent if they wish, but he suggested it would be in their best interest to come in and talk rather than be picked up.
"If they are not involved I would hope that they would give a statement to shed some light on who is involved," White said.
Police have questioned multiple witnesses. Some stated in favor of the victims and other in favor of the football team. White said investigators are trying to figure out which stories are true.
"We don't want to arrest somebody unfairly. We don't want to accuse somebody unfairly. We want to make sure we have all the facts before we proceed," White said.
White said investigators would be further along if there was more evidence rather than speculation and conflicting reports.
"If we had conclusive evidence where we had video tape from an iPhone or something of that nature, it wouldn't be necessary [to investigate further]. We would go ahead and draw up the warrants and arrest the football players and book them," White said.
Legal counsel for the players Nathan Fischer declined to comment on the meeting with Baton Rouge Police but said he's concerned about his clients and it's not his style to discuss facts about a case with the public.