Report: BRPD officer placed on leave for racially charged text message
BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge Police Department officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after a group text he was involved in allegedly violated department policy.
Sgt. Don Coppola says that Officer Blaine Dupuy was placed on leave starting May 18 for alleged policy violation related to "conduct unbecoming an officer and command of temper regarding a group text."
According to a report from the Advocate, Dupuy is accused of sending a racially charged image in a group text with other officers. The image allegedly concerned protests in reaction to the Department of Justice's recent decision to not pursue charges in the shooting death of Alton Sterling.
The report says an officer familiar with the matter says that the image was that of a chimpanzee along with the phrase "chimp out". The text was reportedly in reference to protestors against the DOJ decision, a large number of whom were black.
Police Chief Carl Dabadie told the Advocate that Dupuy was placed on leave for sending an "inappropriate" message after the department received a written complaint, but the police chief did not elaborate further.
Dupuy has been with the Baton Rouge Police Department for almost three years.