Mayor and former Chief talk to WAFB after hearing

Former Police Chief Dewayne White, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden
Former Police Chief Dewayne White, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Both Mayor Kip Holden and former Police Chief Dewayne White had a few things to say after what was a contentious and, at times, heated hearing to determine the future employment of White with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

The Metro Council Chambers, where the hearing was held, was packed, and there were plenty of officers and people from the community there.

After the hearing, both the Mayor and former Chief gave the sense that this is far from over.

"Its a sad commentary in America when anyone would chose a public forum to tell and give the misinformation that he gave today," said Mayor Holden about Dewayne White.

"You know, whenever you reach out and people feel that you genuinely care for them, they know it. And I genuinely care for the people of Baton Rouge- each and every body, and I think that has mustered a lot of support," said former Chief White.

"This man is the master of deception and the people of Baton Rouge deserve a lot better and I am very, very much in favor of the recommendation of my chief administrative officer, William Daniel," said Holden.

This entire ordeal has caused talk of an unusual racial divide in and around the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Several Metro Council members held a public hearing shortly after noon time and heard comments from the public. The majority of the people in attendance supported Dewayne White.

"He has been a hands-on chief with my community," said Pastor Robert Joseph. "He has helped me to trust those who serve and protect again."

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