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U.S. Department of Justice investigating BRPD

Friday, March 26, 2010 - 5:24pm

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating complaints that Baton Rouge police officers were racist and used unnecessary brutality when dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

New Mexico State Police came forward with these allegations as they were helping BRPD maintain law and order after the disaster.

Reports involving Baton Rouge officers allegedly harassing and mistreating African-Americans are all cited in a newly released document.

"Our officers saw things, heard things, and experienced things that were not within our standards. Things we thought were just wrong" says Peter Olson, a spokesperson for the New Mexico State Police.

A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Police Department says Chief Jeff LeDuff doesn’t want to comment on the issue.

The Department of Justice is currently investigating this case. It’s unknown what will happen or when investigation will be complete.