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Community reacts to mayor's police chief pick

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BATON ROUGE - People we spoke with today in Baton Rouge say Mayor-President Kip Holden's choice for top cop is the right one, but the NAACP says the jury is still out on Chief Carl Dabadie.

"A lot of tough decisions lie ahead. It's easy to choose somebody now and have a big ole party, but once the party's over with and people go home and things resume to normal, what happens then," said NAACP President Mike McClanahan.

A common sentiment was that the community needs to unite, no matter who's the police chief.

"I think the community does need to come together for the sake of the community as a whole. One of the problems I have with Baton Rouge is I feel like there's sort of two Baton Rouges and that we don't always fight for the same cause," said Mark Barry.

People also said they felt Dabadie has shown his dedication to Baton Rouge in the past five months as interim chief of police.

"He's done good. He's done great. Everything I've been hearing about him is good. I think will be a good chief," said Anthony Francis.

Dabadie plans to work closely with the mayor's office to continue moving Baton Rouge forward.


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