BRPD investigating officers on Mardi Gras float
BATON ROUGE - Police Chief Carl Dabadie said several of his officers are under investigation after they appeared while off-duty on a Spanish Town Mardi Gras float which lampooned a sex crimes victim.
The float had pictures of former reality TV star Will Hayden and his daughter Stephanie Ford, who accused Hayden of molesting her when she was a child. Hayden also faces rape charges against two other women for incidences in the past 20 years which recently came to light. One of the pictures on the float which had Ford's face in a picture was titled "A face only a father could love."
Dabadie said even though the officers were off-duty and not representing the department in any way, the internal investigation will determine if any department policies were violated.
"The theme of this float in no way represents the belief or attitude of the Baton Rouge Police Department," Dabadie said. "The struggle a sexual assault victim endures is a very serious matter and is not something that should be taken lightly or used in a satirical manner."
Hayden is in jail in Livingston Parish awaiting trial on rape charges there.
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