Senator apologizes for badge controversy
BATON ROUGE - State Senator Troy Brown apologized Tuesday afternoon to a woman who claimed he abused his authority when he got out of his car in traffic, and threatened to have her arrested.
Haley Nobles told News 2 Brown cut her off in traffic, then stopped when she honked at him and got out of his vehicle, flashing a state-issued badge at her. Nobles said he also threatened to have her arrested, which Brown denied, claiming he stopped because Nobles had been driving erratically.
Today, Brown said he "overreacted" in the Jan. 3 incident, and should never have gotten out of his vehicle.
"I did not intend to in any way intimidate or threaten her," Brown said. "I presented my state-issued Senate credential to identify myself. I sincerely apologize to the motorist that she felt threatened in any way and hope she will accept my apology as it is intended."
Senate Secretary Glen Koepp told the News 2 Investigative Unit on Monday that the badges were given to state lawmakers after Hurricane Katrina, and were intended to help them get back roadblocks and into storm-affected areas. He said they carry no law enforcement privileges.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said no laws appeared to have been broken, but they were continuing to investigate the incident.