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Handcuffed fireman investigation given to DA

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Posted: Apr 23, 2014 4:14 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Apr 23, 2014 6:50 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Handcuffed Fireman, Aaron Edwards, Butch Browning, State Fire Marshal, WBRZ

NEW ROADS- One month after the News 2 Investigative Unit showed you surveillance video of a firefighter who got detained during a medical call, the State Fire Marshal's Office wrapped up its investigation and turned it over to District Attorney Ricky Ward's office.

It all centered around Fireman Aaron Edwards who was detained during a medical call. The entire incident was captured on surveillance video from the New Roads Housing Authority. When Edwards didn't move his fire truck which was parked with its flashing lights on, he got handcuffed and placed in the back of a police unit for nearly 22 minutes.

"This is the first time I've heard about this happening in Louisiana," State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said.

When News 2 broke the story, Amber Porter, the woman who needed medical attention that night, said she was shocked to see the fireman helping her get detained. She wanted to see the officer responsible for it get disciplined.

"I think he should get fired or suspended... something should happen to him," Porter said. "Who just arrests somebody. He was helping me. He wasn't just parking his car to park it."

Now that the district attorney has the case, they will be reviewing it before deciding if there is enough evidence to prosecute the cop who detained the firefighter.

"The district attorney as he goes through his process, he'll better understand if or what policies and statues may have been violated," Browning said.

Browning believes at minimum, there needs to be some training involved to prevent this from happening again.

"It's disappointing, and I hate that," Browning said. "I hate that it's become a public issue but when we do find out about it, we have to make an independent inquiry and that's what our office did."

News 2 spoke with prosecutor Tony Clayton, whoe said he would meet with the fire and police chiefs to determine how to discuss the outcome of the investigation and how to move forward.

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