Ousted chief to speak to media this afternoon
BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White scheduled a press conference for this afternoon, a day after he was fired from his post.
White will hold the press conference at the office of his attorney, Jill Craft, at 2:30 p.m. News 2 will stream the event LIVE on WBRZ.com and our apps for smartphones and iPads.
The Mayor's office fired White at noon yesterday after sources said they asked him to resign, and he refused. White said the letter of termination he was given by the city's administrative officer said there was a "substantial disagreement with the direction of the Baton Rouge Police Department."
White, a veteran State Police officer, replaced former Police Chief Jeff LeDuff in 2011. The department's chief of staff, Lt. Carl Dabadie, is the acting chief until an interim is named.
Mayor Kip Holden and Chief Administrative Officer William Daniels said after the firing that they would not comment on the decision because it was a personnel issue.
News 2's Michael Shingleton will have more on the upheaval in the chief's office tonight starting at 4 p.m.