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DENHAM SPRINGS – The ex-girlfriend of a Baton Rouge Police officer said she feared for her life and was threatened into believing her ex could get away with anything because of his job, a report obtained first by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit reveals.

The file is connected to stalking allegations involving former Baton Rouge Police Union president Chris Stewart. Stewart, a police department sergeant, was the focus of two complaints – one in January and a second on February 6 in Livingston Parish.

Most recently, Stewart's ex called 911 after Stewart reportedly drove past her house numerous times, parked in her driveway and then knocked on the door. The woman told authorities Stewart may have even opened the front door to the home in the Live Oak area but left when he heard her shout.

Caller's ex-boyfriend will not leave,” dispatchers logged as advising to officers in the report.

The woman told Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies Stewart had been harassing her since the two broke up around the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017. The woman told investigators Stewart threatened her numerous times, used his position as a police officer to run the license plate and obtain the identity of a man she was hanging out with and insinuated since he is “a cop that nothing would happen to him for doing anything.”

In January, another person reported an escalating situation on the ex-girlfriend's behalf.

Chris Stewart is harassing and threatening caller,” dispatchers stated in a log about the call for help. “[Stewart] threatened to burn her home down and has been showing up at her home,” dispatchers logged in the files made available after a request from WBRZ Thursday.

WBRZ.com and the News 2 Investigative Unit were first to report the situation Thursday afternoon.

During the February incident, the woman told authorities Stewart showed up at her house just before midnight. She said Stewart was driving a gray Dodge Charger – Stewart is assigned a gray, unmarked Dodge Charger as his police-issued vehicle.

Stewart sped away as the woman summoned deputies and he was gone when they arrived, a report of the situation outlined. As the night calmed down, the woman decided not to press charges, though deputies alerted Baton Rouge Police about the situation. BRPD forwarded the complaint to internal affairs, according to a report from the Sheriff's Office in Livingston Parish.

Thursday, the police department confirmed Stewart was on paid leave. As part of his leave, the department took away his vehicle, badge and gun.

Stewart, whose address on the report was listed as Walker, did not respond to request for comment from WBRZ for this report.

This is the second time in a month Stewart has drawn the ire of his bosses.

In January, newly-elected mayor Sharon Weston Broome criticized Stewart for a Facebook post he made just days after inauguration, insinuating out-of-control violence was in the future for Baton Rouge.

Stewart wrote "Coming to a city near you shortly," attached to a news article with the headline "Chicago ends year with 762 homicides, the most in 2 decades in that city."

Then, about the post, Stewart responded to WBRZ.

"I can say whatever I feel like saying," Stewart said. "I'm just a lowly sergeant within the Baton Rouge Police Department."

When asked whether he thought his post was inappropriate, he said, "A lot of things are inappropriate. That's just the world we live in."

The woman and man involved in the altercation this week said they felt the situation they were in was very inappropriate of a police officer. The man also told deputies he feared for his life since Stewart is a police officer and likely carried a gun.


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