Baton Rouge (PPN) – If you thought the racial encounters involving Baton Rouge police officers would end soon, think again. In the midst of chaos that the city has experienced within the past year, some police officers have found time to play around and discriminate the citizens of Baton Rouge.
According to local reports, a Baton Rouge police officer has been suspended for sending a racially charged image to a group of colleagues, including African Americans.
Apparently, they had been exchanging text messages about a recent protest following the decision by the U.S. DOJ to not pursue civil-rights charges in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling.
The officer, Blaine Dupuy was placed on administrative leave on Thursday a written complaint about the image was submitted. Dupuy has only been on the force a couple of years.
“It was definitely inappropriate,” Police Chief Carl Dabadie said. “He was placed on leave the day it hit my desk. We’re going to handle it the way we would anything else.”
According to reports, Baton Rouge police department is 67 percent white. The city’s population is approximately 55 percent black.
The text message allegedly showed a picture of a chimpanzee with the words “chimping out” in the message also.
According to the Urban Dictionary, “chimping out” is “when a black person removes his/her facade as a civilized human being and releases his/her inner chimp.” In other words, the officer called black protesters monkeys and found it funny.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome issued a statement late Monday saying Dabadie “has informed me of this incident, and I find it appalling. I agree with disciplinary action, including termination.”
Dupuy was placed on leave for potential administrative violations of “command of temper” and “conduct unbecoming an officer,” said Lt. Jonny Dunnam, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman. “We don’t discuss administrative investigations publicly,” Dunnam said. “They’re extremely confidential.”
The text exchange is the latest controversy for BRPD, but certainly may not be the last. It’s horrible to assume something of that nature, but it continues to happen.
In 2014, Officer Michael Elsbury resigned from the department after racist text messages he authored surfaced in the news media, including one in which he wrote, “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.”
If things continue to be handled in this manner, major changes in the department may come soon. It’s time for a better Baton Rouge, especially with law enforcement.