State Senator Troy Brown expected to address constituents this week
DONALDSONVILLE- Tonight, some of State Senator Troy Brown's constituents are questioning his actions one day after Governor John Bel Edwards called for Brown to resign. He told WBRZ he expects to release a statement at the end of the week regarding his actions.
It comes following Brown's second domestic violence arrest over the past year.
Shenika Coco remembers why she cast her vote for Brown. It was his charisma and promise to get things done that sold her. Tonight, she regrets it.
"Why did I vote for him," Coco said. "He's punching women. He's biting women, what if they get rabies? Animals do carry rabies, that's what he is."
In the charming town of Donaldsonville, others are willing to give the State Senator another chance.
"I say this with all due respect, I know him and he's a good man," Royal Forcell said. "He just had some unfortunate incidents happen to him."
"He's not the first one and he's not going to be the last one, he just unfortunately got caught," George Charles said.
Brown isnt' talking tonight over allegations he bit his wife month after an altercation. No one answered the door at Brown's Geismar last mansion. But, he told me through a text message that he'd release a statement later this week.
The WBRZ Investigative Unit began documenting Brown's misconduct in January of 2014. That's when he admitted to flashing a badge at a driver on I-10 near Siegen Lane during a road rage incident. Haley Nobles believes brown abused his power.
"He gets out of his car, walks up to me, pulls out a badge and says you don't know who I am," Nobles said in a January 2014 interview. "You don't know what I could do. I can have you arrested."
Brown issued a public apology, and the Senate Secretary said he didn't condone Brown's actions.
One year later, Brown was accused of punching a woman in the face at the Hyatt Hotel in New Orleans. During interviews with police, that woman claimed to be Brown's "side friend" for the past ten or more years....even though Brown is married.
Questions were immediately raised about his residency. When he was taken into custody, he told police he lives at Francine Circle South. But that is not in the district that he represents. Instead he lists a duplex in Napoleonville that is in his district. Neighbors in Geismar say he's lived at the Geismar house for years.
As the State Senator gets ready to deal with yet another issue involving domestic violence, Governor Edwards wants him to resign. Brown's influence in the legislature appears to be dwindling after he was removed from all senate committee assignments after the most recent arrest.
Rep. Joseph Bouie, Chairman Legislative Black Caucus released the following statement on Brown's arrest:
"We will not take a position on this matter until Troy Brown has his due process. We clearly do not condone domestic violence against victims. we hope the Senator does what's in the best interest of his constituents and family."
Brown is due in court on Friday over his most recent arrest.
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