Chief addresses councilwoman's complaint

POSTED: Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 8:25pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 1:33pm

In some parts of Baton Rouge, trust appears broken between city police and the communities they serve.

Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle tells NBC33 News that she was disrespected by a lieutenant, when she called the Baton Rouge Police Department searching for information.

"I'm just saying, their actions towards me were very, very ugly," Marcelle said.

The problems arose after Garfen Neville was shot and killed on Atkinson Street Tuesday. Marcelle was calling police to find out what happened to a woman taken from the scene by police for minor unrelated issues. Marcelle says she and the woman both felt mistreated by cops. Police Chief Dewayne White doesn't deny that some of his officers do have problems.

"They cast a bad shadow on the 90 percent of good officers who are everyday working to make this city a safer place," Chief White said.

The small percentage of bad apples is seeming to cause mistrust in some neighborhoods. Which complicates investigations, as the city's murder rate climbs.

"You're never going to get a community to come out and tell you about the murders, or any crime if you treat people in that manner," Marcelle said. "There's no trust."

White calls the situation regrettable and vowed to root out any negative issues in his department, as they arise.

"Won't change overnight," White said. "But i'm giving it 100 percent of my effort."

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