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Baton Rouge Police Union blasts Metro Council for monetary settlement with demonstrators

Source: Dillon Baxter Source: Dillon Baxter
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

To say the Baton Rouge Police Union blasted city officials for a recent settlement with demonstrators would be putting it lightly.

Sgt. Bryan Taylor, president of the police union, released a hotly worded statement Tuesday night and will release it to everyone else Wednesday. He said the city officials basically paid the protesters ransom money.

The statement criticizes the East Baton Rouge Metro Council and other parish officials for agreeing to pay demonstrators of Alton Sterling's death $100,000 rather than risk a trial.

The statement reads in part:

This payout has been a slap in the face to all officers involved who succeeded in keeping our interstates open and our businesses from being ravaged and looted. Did our council and parish attorney even consider the impact this settlement will have on the ability of law enforcement to do an already difficult job in the future without the support of the Metro Council?

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