Posted: Mar 15, 2010 10:19 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Mar 15, 2010 10:39 PM
State Police from Michigan and New Mexico have accused Baton Rouge Police Department officers of using racism and brutality to keep order in the state's capital.
The officers from Michigan and New Mexico came to assist BRPD with keeping order after Hurricane Katrina. The Baton Rouge Police Union didn't mince any words and called out the out-of-state officers as liars. Following their internal investigation, the union determined many of the claims of brutality and racism were unsubstantiated.
In cases that out-of-state officers used examples of BRPD doing illegal stops and searches, the attorney for the union says "legal standards in those states are more restrictive" about stops and searches.
But it begs the question: "If the officers weren't in the wrong, why did BRPD fight to keep the information out of public view?"
New Mexico state police aren't backing down. In a statement to News 2, police maintain they "saw what [they] saw, reported [their] observations, and that's all [they] want to say about it."
Union president Chris Stewart says he won't deny there may be problem on the force, including racism, but he says the men named in the report were not a part of it.