Viewpoint: February 15, 2013

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

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.