BRPD Chief orders evidence moved out of flood zone

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 7:45pm

Late Thursday afternoon, Baton Rouge Police Chief Charles Mondrick ordered the evidence room at BRPD Headquarters be moved to higher ground. Officers are preparing for that move now.

Chief Modrick says the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. Evidence for pending court cases is stored underground, in the basement of BRPD headquarters, less than a mile from the Mississippi River. If floodwaters contaminate the evidence it can compromise court cases.

"Worst case scenario and something does happen, the evidence we have on pending cases can be ruined and potential suspects that have been involved in some cases may be able to walk away because the evidence had been damaged," says BRPD Cpl. L’Jean Mckneely.

Evidence and extra supplies will be moved out of downtown to a secure location. Friday on NBC33 News at five, Jennifer Crockett follows that evidence and takes you through the strict process of keeping it safe.

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