This has been a turbulent two weeks for two men who swore oaths to protect the city of Baton Rouge and its citizens. Mayor Kip Holden's staff recommended he fire Police Chief Dewayne White, a chief he personally selected less than two years ago.
Calling it a pattern of behavior, the mayor has released a letter of reasons for the decision. On Monday, the police chief who says he was fired for politics involving the police union has an opportunity to respond in a public hearing.
These are serious allegations on both sides and the public will have a chance to hear details about how the police department is operated. It's important and the public has a right to know. WAFB will carry that hearing live on COX cable channel 9 and on wafb.com.
But, while this battle is going on we hope it doesn't distract in any way from the battle to make our streets and neighborhoods safe. We are in a crucial segment of the BRAVE initiative, set up to target certain high crime areas. Statistics show BRAVE is working. It would be a costly mistake for politics to cause a setback in a program that is yielding the kind of results that could actually make a difference in our war on crime.