Performance history of officer at center of racial controversy
BATON ROUGE- A public records request filed by the WBRZ Investigative Unit on the performance history of former Baton Rouge Police officer Michael Elsbury shows he had been the focus of Internal Affairs inquiries seven times since 2002.
Elsbury left the force on September 4th, a day after WBRZ reported a series of racist text messages were sent from his phone.
Part of the string of texts read, "They are nothing but a bunch of monkeys. The only reason they have this job is the n*****, n***** in them."
The texts also read, "I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out. I hate looking at those African monkeys at work...I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants."
Internal Affairs documents show Elsbury's history was mostly for use of force complaints. All inquiries were thrown out or ended with him being exonerated of any wrongdoing.
Also among the documents obtained by the Investigative Unit was Elsbury's resignation letter. The day after the story aired on WBRZ, Elsbury wrote to Chief Carl Dabadie that he would be leaving the force. The chief accepted the resignation the day it was submitted.
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