NAACP discusses racist text messages
BATON ROUGE - The NAACP met for the first time Tuesday since a WBRZ Investigative Unit report found a police officer had been accused of sending racially charged text messages.
At the meeting, residents voiced their concerns with the situation and Mayor-President Kip Holden broke his silence on the matter.
"There is an internal investigation going on," said Holden. "Even from the FBI. There could be criminal sanctions against [Michael Elsbury]."
Elsbury resigned following the report last week.
"For you to wear that uniform and only say the words, but your actions are totally different, it's a total disgrace to the police department and all those around when they're out there working hard to make a difference," said Holden.
Part of the string of texts read, "They are nothing but a bunch of monkeys. The only reason they have this job is the n*****, n***** in them."
The texts also read, "I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out. I hate looking at those African monkeys at work...I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants."
"I would love to go to sleep every night knowing not just my child, but everybody's child is safe," said one woman. "Then, an encounter with law enforcement would be a blessing and not a curse."
People in attendance Tuesday asked for more information about the situation. The NAACP asked for the officer to be terminated, but promised to not let things go easily since he quit.
"Persons like that run in packs, like dogs, animals, they run in packs," said Mike McClanahan, president of the local chapter of the NAACP. "I'm quite sure that he's not the only one who feels like that."
Chief Dabadie and the NAACP are working to arrange a discussion about this entire situation.