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Council to talk with Department of Justice about BRPD

2 years ago February 20, 2013 Feb 20, 2013 Wednesday, February 20 2013 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:28:10 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- Some members of the city's Metro Council have asked for a meeting with the Department of Justice to discuss the police department.

The effort, led by C. Denise Marcelle, comes after Mayor Kip Holden fired Dewayne White as chief of police.

In a hearing about his firing, White said the Baton Rouge Police Department has a race issue. He referenced one situation where an officer was investigating the murder of an African American man and used the "N word," according to White, then "this same officer admitted to referring to the victim's genitals as a chicken."

Council members will meet with the D.O.J. to discuss the hiring practices and the status of the consent decree.

Sources told WBRZ News 2 the meeting is a fact-finding discussion to determine the next move.

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