Fired BRPD chief plans further appeals
BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White said he plans to appeal today's firing at the local and state levels, after a contentious hearing between him and East Baton Rouge's mayor-president.
Mayor Kip Holden did not reverse his decision today to fire White after a public hearing in which both sides accused the other of being disruptive to the community.
White spent more than an hour during the hearing responding to 14 reasons Holden listed in a letter explaining his decision to fire him. White listed specific allegations of inappropriate conduct by officers in the field and said he tried to discipline them, but the mayor's office stepped in and refused to let him do his job.
After a ten-minute break, Holden affirmed his decision to fire the chief. He specifically said White hadn't made any "groundbreaking changes" in race relations in the city, and presented no evidence which would change his decision.
White and his attorney, Jill Craft, plan to appeal the decision to the local and state civil service organizations. Holden told News 2 his administration disagrees with state law that White is classified as a state employee, and subject to a further appeal.
Carl Dabadie has been the acting Baton Rouge Police chief since White was put on leave Feb. 6. He will stay in that position until an interim or permanent chief is appointed by the mayor.