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BATON ROUGE- Tonight a Metro Council Member is questioning what she calls a favor to a disgraced cop accused of sending racist text messages.

Elsbury resigned less than 24 hours after WBRZ broke the story about those text messages. However, new documents reveal he was allowed to come in, scratch out the word resignation on his letter, and write 'retirement.'

According to the Municipal Police Employees Retirement System, if Elsbury resigned or retired he would be eligible to take a lump sum of what he paid into his retirement or collect retirement when he reaches the age of 55 for the rest of his life. However, Elsbury does not meet retirement requirements to retire right now. He's only 40 years of age and has only 14 years of service with the police department.

Our investigation this month revealed Michael Elsbury allegedly sent messages referring to African Americans as monkeys, and the "n word." He also said in those texts he enjoyed arresting thugs in saggy pants and wished a Ferguson would happen in Baton Rouge.

"I believe the public deserves and explanation as to what has gone on," Council Member C. Denise Marcelle said.

Today, the Baton Rouge Police Department admitted that Chief Carl Dabadie allowed Elsbury to come in and change the word on his resignation letter. However, the Department did not give a reason as to why.

"I'm not sure what they were trying to achieve in trying to get his retirement," Marcelle said.

On Tuesday, Marcelle said she received the retirement letter from Carl Dabadie. It was given to her at a meeting with Council Member Chandler Loupe, Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel. Loupe confirmed what Marcelle said in our report. Daniel declined to comment.

Marcelle said all of this is supposed to be addressed at a Metro Council meeting in two weeks. It was on the agenda last night, but deferred because the chief was unable to attend.

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