Cop's tirade got him fired
DENHAM SPRINGS - Video of a police officer losing his cool is damning, but the officer involved believes it only shows the visual incident, and not the real situation of him being a victim of cronyism.
This week, the Civil Service Commission upheld Mayor Jimmy Durbin's decision to fire officer Jared Kreamer. Kraemer lost his job following in a profanity-laced shouting match where he threatened his captain and tossed his police commission credentials at the supervisor.
The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit obtained the surveillance video from inside the department of Kreamer's outburst where he told Capt. Steve Kistler "I'm about to hurt you."
Kreamer was off-duty when he made the threat this summer.
The tirade started after Kreamer's daughter was brought in for questioning about an abuse claim. The claim was later dropped.
Chief Scott Jones said before the girl's interview was completely over, Kreamer barged in and made a scene.
"Our job is to do an investigation and to do it thoroughly and then make a disposition of the case," Chief Scott said. "His behavior interfered with our ability to do that, and he being an employee of the department and a police officer, he's required to obey orders, especially from a ranking officer."
Watch the video by clicking the attached link.
"At the end of the day, I'm a father before I'm a policeman," Kreamer told WBRZ News 2 Thursday.
He admits he lost his temper but said the captain had no right to keep his child. He also claimed he was provoked.
"If you watch the video, (Kistler) is the aggressor," Kreamer said.
Kreamer also believes the department has been trying to get rid of him for years.
"I reported a co-worker for a narcotic problem and I've been put through the ringer ever since," Kreamer said.
Chief Scott denied any claims Kreamer made statements about another officer doing drugs. Scott said Kreamer is trying to throw the blame away from himself.
Kreamer is suing Captain Kistler and other members of the department after his dismissal.