Cops called on News 2 crew asking questions in Port Allen
PORT ALLEN - A brand new employee hired by Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter called the cops when she saw a News 2 crew waiting to interview the Mayor inside city hall.
"Y'all need to leave," Port Allen Police told News 2.
We wanted to ask the Mayor about a scathing audit that was released this morning showing the Mayor possibly broke laws. News 2 learned the secretary called police and wanted us thrown out and possibly arrested for "trespassing" in a public building. The Mayor has been a focus of numerous News 2 investigations since February.
The audit News 2 broke during 2uneIn Monday highlighted three key issues: the Mayor's salary, improper car allowance and improper travel expenses. The auditor believes the Mayor should not be making $85,000 because that is not budgeted. The auditor also believes the Mayor did not conduct any city business in Washington D.C. when she billed taxpayers $2,400, claiming she met with Senator Mary Landrieu. The report also indicates Slaughter is receiving a car allowance that was not budgeted.
Ralph Slaughter, the Mayor's unpaid Chief of Staff and brother-in-law defended her trip today.
"You've got a picture there showing there was a meeting," Ralph Slaughter said. "I was present. So I don't believe the Senator told you she didn't meet with the Mayor."
However, that's exactly what the Senator told us when we interviewed her back in March.
"I have no specific knowledge of any specific thing we talked about," Senator Landrieu said. "All we did was have a party."
The audit report was turned over to prosecuting authorities, and Daryl Purpera said he'll assist any prosecuting authority that is willing to take on the case, because two laws may have been broken.
"Two possibly," Purpera said. "A public official has the responsibility not to misappropriate or misuse public funds and that's key here. As a mayor, you basically have the checkbook and you can do things and you need to do them with the rules and regulations of the town."
As for Slaugther, she's willing to fight this to the end. Her chief of staff believes she doesn't owe any money back to the city.
"We'll have a judge decide, until some judge decides and the Louisiana Supreme Court if necessary, that's the way it will be until it's resolved," Ralph Slaughter said.