Questions raised over bar fight investigation involving off-duty officers

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Monday, August 12, 2013 - 6:14pm

A fight at The Office Nightclub between two off-duty BRPD officers and a civilian have some questioning the fair treatment of the case.

According to police documents, James Hinson got into a fight with two off-duty officers when they were leaving the Baton Rouge nightclub.

It all started in the stairwell of The Office nightclub on Third Street in Downtown Baton Rouge. It was a bar fight that witnesses said left at least three men bloody and bruised and landed James Hinson in jail.

"As I run down the stairs and I get to the bottom, I see a puddle of blood, I see people piled around the base of the stairs. I see somebody laying there face-up completely turned around backwards. Like I said, it looked like he'd been shot in the face," said a witness to the fight.

It wasn't until after the fight that people there started learning two of the men involved were off-duty police officers. According to court documents, Hinson had allegedly grabbed one of the officer's fiancées' and than elbowed that same off-duty officer in the face when he confronted him about it. A witness and someone close to Hinson didn't want to be identified, but told us, the officers should be in jail too.

"It upset me because regardless of what happened. How it all started, both parties were apparently wrong in this case, but the only guy who's going to get in trouble is the guy who was unconscious and went to the hospital at the end of the night. And I don't want to see just him get in trouble," said the witness.

He added that it was also clear to him that the fight had gone way too far.

"It was excessive, I mean the way he was laying there. The wounds inflicted to his face and his head, to his body. It’s obvious it was so far over the top. It really was," he said.

A spokesperson for BRPD said right now there is no internal investigation and they wouldn't comment on the story, but our witness believed everyone involved is to blame.

"The law is the law and I just want it to apply to everybody the same," he explained.

Hinson was charged with Sexual Battery and Simple Battery.


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The police did nothing wrong - except beat the crap out of thugs and effing cowards. The cowards physically assaulted a woman, then they hit her. They also sucker punched a cop. Prison is the best place for these gutless panty wastes.

@seth It's not a matter of if he sucker punched someone it what the law is. There was a fight, being police officers there should have been no reason this kid was beat this badly. It shows how messed up our law enforcement works. He was charged with multiple charges, yet the 2 officers involved who weren't on duty walked away with nothing. Something should be done about this, regardless of your thoughts about James. If they weren't cops both parties would be in jail.

This guy is a thug who has assaulted multiple people including my brother. I am glad James Hinson got what he deserved and it is clear this is just another circumstance where he attacked someone. He always sucker punches and gives no warning that he is about to attack.

James Hinson is a thug with a track record. I am glad these officers took care of this scum. He has already assaulted numerous people, and he always sucker punches when he can.

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