BRPD Chief says public shouldn't worry after racist texts incident

BRPD officer resigns after allegedly sending racist text messages

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie says he wants the public to know that "to protect and serve" is still the BRPD's motto, and the people shouldn't be worried after a BRPD officer, who was under investigation for allegedly sending racist text messages, has resigned.

Former officer Michael Elsbury was accused of sending racist text messages that insulted African-Americans and allegedly stating he liked to arrest those who wore saggy pants. Officials said Elsbury turned in his resignation letter Thursday afternoon effective immediately.

Dabadie said he first got word of the texts on Tuesday. He immediately launched an investigation to see if it was true, but before investigators finished Elsbury resigned.

“This is in no way a reflection of the Baton Rouge Police Department,” said Dabadie. “This is an isolated incident from a former officer who took it upon himself to say some ugly things.”

Authorities said Elsbury has been with the department for more than 10 years. Because the officer has resigned, the investigation that the BRPD Internal Affairs had launched, is now over.

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