BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White appeared before the Police Civil Service Board today ready to fight for his reputation and job. During his opening remarks White became emotional, claiming the allegations against him had a hidden agenda.
The Chief was facing accusations of Perjury, Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer and Malfeasance in Office, stemming from two prior civil service hearings involving the termination of Charlotte Jones and alleged untruthfulness during Officer Eddy Beraud’s Civil Service appeal.
Jason Broussard, a former officer with the Zachary Police Department, brought the allegations to the board saying the Chief knew about supposed perjury that occurred during Capt. Lonnie Lockett’s testimony during Beraud’s appeal. Broussard claimed the Chief then didn’t discipline Lockett after the hearing. Broussard wasn’t at the morning’s hearing.
The hearing and the entire matter was dismissed by the board. Board Chair Sergeant Bryan Taylor says the board doesn’t have the resources or the time to commit to investigating criminal charges like Perjury. He added he didn’t believe the Chief had committed any egregious wrongdoing in the way he handled the situation with Lockett. The board agreed.