Posted: Mar 27, 2013 7:08 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Mar 27, 2013 7:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White for theft of a city-issued cell phone, his attorney Jill Craft explained.
Craft has had the phone for weeks and said police never contacted her about the device.
"Why don't you just ask me for it? Is it that difficult," Craft questioned referring to police investigators. "I just think it's appalling they have used so much tax payer and city assets for a personal vendetta. I mean let it go. That's what we got courts for, let's go there."
Craft believes this investigation stems from White's termination appeal and a potential civil suit, and said she thinks the mayor's office is behind it.
A search warrant obtained by News 2 shows BRPD Detective Cleveland Thomas signed a warrant to obtain a woman named Kim McCant's cell phone because it "is essential to confirm the relationship between the BRPD Police Officer and Kim McCants and show possession of the phone by the BRPD Police Officer."
Craft said White is "the BRPD Police Officer" mentioned in the affidavit.
The warrant shows thousands of text messages and hundreds of calls exchanged between White and McCants, some of which were sent after White was fired as police chief.
But the documents do not explain how their relationship will assist in the police investigation.
Craft claims Detective Thomas omitted White's full name from the search warrant to mislead the duty judge or commissioner who signed it.
"In my opinion I think what's happening is the mayor has directed the police department to use police resources to investigate this civil case," Craft said. "You make this allegation in a civil context. And then you're going to get the police department to run around, get warrants, execute search warrants and take private people's property into possession for what? A civil suit? Seriously? It's an enormous waste of resources."
Since White's termination, Craft said he and his wife have received two threatening anonymous letters which she has turned over to the FBI.
One of which was sent to his wife and read, "[Dewayne White] needs to quit while he has an ounce of dignity left. He needs to do what's best for his family and drop the appeal."
Craft filed a motion to throw out this criminal investigation. Judge Chip Moore received it, but won't hear the motion until someone from Baton Rouge Police can explain its legitimacy in court. Craft may have to subpoena their appearance.
Baton Rouge Police wouldn't comment on this because "it's an active investigation."
We asked the Mayor's Chief Administrative Officer, William Daniel if anyone in the mayor's office directed anyone in Baton Rouge Police to investigate the missing cell phone.
Daniel responded saying, "When the phone was not turned into police with the rest of his equipment, I asked them to go back to former Chief White and retrieve it. The phone was at that time reported as lost, stolen, never received, etc. The police took over the investigation at that point and we were not consulted after that."