White Castle reacts to indicted police chief's re-election
White Castle Police Chief Mario Brown won re-election on Saturday, despite a federal indictment. The chief got 55% of the vote.
People said up until Election Day, it seemed the city was on board to check off "change" on the ballot, but it turns out, most people like things just the way they are.
"I can't say I didn't expect it, but it was, I guess, in the back of my mind. It was kind of shocking that they would re-elect someone that's been indicted for federal crimes," said Chief Candidate R.L. Downs.
Downs ran against Brown for the chief position. He thought Brown's federal indictment for racketeering, wire and mail fraud, plus bribery, all part of "Operation Blighted Officials," would be the fuel for the community's fire.
"Everyone talks about White Castle needs change, things need to go on to make the town better, and then the public comes out and votes the way they do, and change doesn't happen," said Downs.
Mickey Link said that's because the police department is as good as it can be with Brown behind the badge.
"Allegations are made about husbands and wives and everything every day," said Brown supporter Mickey Link. "Until it's proven, I have no questions."
That's the only reason Linda Hasten, who led a protest against Brown's campaign, believes he was re-elected.
“Without the law, we cannot do nothing. We have to wait until they tell us what's the next step," said Hasten.
Brown told News 2 by phone he had no comment for this story. When we tried to ask again at the police department, it was locked up.
Those who don't feel the position is locked up just yet said the wait is on.
"I think I'm gonna sit back and watch what goes on," said Downs.
Brown's brother, Maurice, who's the mayor of White Castle, is facing similar charges. A judge disqualified him from seeking another term because he lied on his qualifying form.