An unnamed, high-ranking Walker Police officer, who was employed by the department for about a decade, has resigned after he was suspended for placing a noose inside the squad room of the department. He was originally suspended for 3 days without pay. A meeting to review the officer’s conduct and consider disciplinary action was scheduled, but was cancelled after the officer announced his resignation.
Louisiana law RS 14:40.5 prohibits a noose in a public place. Anyone convicted faces up to a $5,000 fine and one year in prison or both. The Walker police Investigative Unit has asked Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Office to investigate for criminal charges. The case has been handed over to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office for criminal investigation.
Police Chief David Addison is new to the job. The assistant chief is an African American. A lieutenant, who is also Black, found the noose. Security camera footage recorded the officer leaving the noose hanging in the department’s squad room.
Paperwork says that it was reported,
“You informed me that you fashioned the noose, or as you called it, the ‘slip knot,’ to pick with an arrestee that you had in custody…It was revealed to me via our department’s video cameras, that there was no arrestee present when you fashioned and displayed the cookie and noose in the squad room.”
Chief Addison is reported saying:
“Whether they’re white, black or oriental, we have a mixture here in Walker. Everyone, I don’t care if you’re white, black, oriental, you will be treated fairly by my officers. This will not be tolerated period. This was poor judgment, bad character. It will not be tolerated with the Walker Police Department.”
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