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BRPD officer’s TikTok prompts IA investigation

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul has launched an internal affairs investigation into one of...
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul has launched an internal affairs investigation into one of his officers who appears in multiple TikTok videos while wearing his department uniform.(TikTok)
Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 5:24 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul has launched an internal affairs investigation into one of his officers who appears in multiple TikTok videos while wearing his department uniform.

TikTok is a popular app that allows users to create and share short videos.

In one of the TikTok videos, the officer, who bears the name “L. Taylor” on his uniform, is wearing his Baton Rouge police uniform as profanities are heard and a man makes light of drunk driving. The clip is based on a skit by comedian Ron White. The BRPD internal affairs investigation will determine if the officer violated any departmental policies, including the department’s social media policy.

Part of that policy prohibits officers from making social media posts showing them in uniform without first getting permission from the chief of police.

That social media policy was named as the reason another officer, Siya Creel, was terminated last month.

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Creel, the vice president of the police union, was terminated after giving an interview for a YouTube channel about controversial billboards that the union had placed around the city. The billboards were critical of police leadership and the city’s high homicide rate. Creel, who is battling cancer, was attempting to enroll in the department’s health insurance plan at the time of his termination. Creel’s attorney, Jill Craft, says she believes the department is selective in enforcing the social media policy and has “not applied the rules across the board.”

“We pray and hope the misguided decision to fire Mr. Creel would be reversed and he be allowed the tools and ability to fight the cancer,” Craft said late Wednesday.

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