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Firing of BRPD Chief rattles Police Union

4 years 2 months 4 weeks ago February 22, 2013 Feb 22, 2013 Friday, February 22 2013 February 22, 2013 4:14 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Union is a force led to protect one another. They represent almost 95% of all Baton Rouge Police Department employees, sworn-in and non-sworn. After Chief Dewayne White's firing, a number of union members are rattled about the decision.

"I have talked with some officers that say they were interested in or considering getting out of the union," said retired Baton Rouge Police Officer Al Burns. "From what I'm hearing, they're not doing everything they should to represent the entire police department."

Burns says some union members say there is no longer equal representation among white and black members of the union.

In Monday's hearing ending in Chief White's firing, White said, "No chief, whether it be me, or someone else, can effectively run a police department and serve the citizens of this city when one of the police union's own completely controls your office and the office of the police department."

Union President Chris Stewart tells News2, "he has not seen a recent exodus from the union."

The Metro Council says they are meeting with members of the union next week to discuss the issue.

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