EXCLUSIVE: Officer's alleged racially-charged text messages under investigation
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge Police Officer is under fire for a string of text messages he is accused of sending to another person containing racial slurs.
The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Baton Rouge Police are in the midst of two investigations where detectives are looking into cell phone records of that officer. A source within the department provided the text messages to the Investigative Unit.
Part of the string of texts read, "They are nothing but a bunch of monkeys. The only reason they have this job is the n*****, n***** in them."
The texts also read, "I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out. I hate looking at those African monkeys at work...I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants."
NAACP State President Ernest Johnson said the organization will not tolerate the language and are calling for the officer's resignation.
"I will reach out to the Baton Rouge NAACP president, Michael Mcclanahan," Johnson said. "He and I will reach out to the mayor and chief of police and call for the resignation and firing today."
Sources told WBRZ, the officer works out of the Fourth District near Southern University. It covers a predominantly African American community.
Chief Carl Dabadie said the department will look into this matter completely. He added the investigation could take days.
East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor President Kip Holden declined to comment.
The messages were allegedly sent to someone who is not on the police force.
Through a lengthy editorial process, the WBRZ Investigative Unit has decided not to identify the officer involved as investigators complete their work.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
The Louisiana Red Cross gives out free smoke alarms in two neighborhoods
LSU to wear uniforms saluting fallen WWI heroes Saturday
Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1 billion ahead of Friday drawing
Power restored in downtown Baton Rouge after electrical fire causes hours-long outage
Frustrated commuters call for officials to "raise hell" after Sunshine Bridge closure