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Despite ongoing internal investigation, officer returns to work

1 year 4 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, May 19 2016 May 19, 2016 May 19, 2016 4:46 PM May 19, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: WBRZ staff

BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge Police officer has returned from leave following an incident at Earth Day festivities downtown in April.

Sgt. Todd Bourgoyne was put on paid leave after video surfaced of Bourgoyne hitting a 16-year-old several times in the head during an arrest. Officers were responding to incidents of violence that erupted in the downtown area while Earth Day events were going on.

The department confirmed Thursday, Bourgoyne was taken off paid administrative leave and returned to regular duty at the beginning of May.

Bourgoyne was assigned to the BRPD Traffic Division at the time of the incident. He has been employed by BRPD for the past 22 years.

An internal affairs investigation into the arrest continues, police said.  

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