Chief refuses to answer questions about hiring convicted officer
WHITE CASTLE - The chief of police here refused to answer questions related to the hiring of a police officer with a criminal record.
When asked about the hiring of Jasmione Clark, Chief Mario Brown left a town council meeting Monday night. Brown has refused to answer questions posed by WBRZ reporters concerning Clark for weeks.
At the end of August, the Investigative Unit reported Clark, who has convictions tied to excessive force against citizens, was hired by the White Castle Police Department. Authorities in West Baton Rouge, a neighboring parish to Iberville, where White Castle is, were surprised Clark was hired on to another force.
"This guy should never have a badge, commission or any affiliation in law enforcement whatsoever," Colonel Richie Johnson said.
Monday, the mayor of White Castle said Chief Brown runs his department independent of city hall.
"I don't have anything to do with the chief's department. We have two different budgets, two different entities," Mayor Jermarr Williams told reporter Brett Buffington.
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