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Father of cop charged in bar brawl doesn't want story covered

7 months 4 weeks 2 days ago May 19, 2016 May 19, 2016 Thursday, May 19 2016 May 19, 2016 5:12 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

LIVINGSTON- It appears the family of a Baton Rouge Police officer was not happy WBRZ was covering the court hearing related to the officer's arrest earlier this year.

Lt. Charles Eddleman faces felony assault charges after a January 2016 bar fight in French Settlement. Eddleman is accused of grabbing a man from behind and slamming his head into the concrete floor until the victim passed out. Eddleman was recently promoted to the position of lieutenant with Baton Rouge Police. He was off duty at the time of the incident.

Thursday, there was a routine hearing in the case against Eddleman. In court, his attorney filed documents related to proceedings.

Outside, though, a man identified as Eddleman's father tried to intimidate the TV news crew who was covering the hearing. As a WBRZ photographer recorded video of Eddleman walking into the courthouse, the father walked behind the journalist and said "that's a good way to lose that camera." After circling closely, he walked into court behind his son.

The case against Eddleman continues. In a TV interview with the WBRZ Investigative Unit after the attack, the victim said he was slowly returning to normal but had trouble getting over who is accused of attacking him.

"It's overwhelming to think that a police officer would do what he did," Eloy Anzaldua said. "It's just unbelievable." Click HERE to read more and to watch the interview.

Eddleman has been employed with the Baton Rouge Police Department for 23 years.  He remains on leave.

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