BRPD officer back on the job after battery charge

Taylor DeRouselle (Source: EBRSO)
Taylor DeRouselle (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BRPD's officer Taylor DeRousselle is back on the job after his simple battery charge on Sept. 7th.

DeRousselle went back to 4th district in uniform patrol under the supervision of a field training officer on Sept. 25, but an internal investigation into DeRousselle continues.

The rookie officer is accused of punching a Varsity bouncer in the left cheek fracturing his hairline. The police report said the officer was off-duty at the Varsity and got into an argument with a customer at the Varsity.

When the bouncer tried escorting the officer out, he said "I am a (expletive) cop, I will arrest everyone here," while simultaneously displaying a Baton Rouge Police Department identification card.

The bouncer said he then put his hands in the air to signal to the officer he was not trying to fight or confront him. The report said "but after a few seconds, the defendant (or DeRousselle) took a deep breath and struck him once in the left side of his face with a closed fist."

DeRousselle was put on paid administrative leave following the incident on Sept. 7th. The officer recently joined BRPD after graduating the department's academy in July 2013.

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