Councilwoman says police mistreated her

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 4:43pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 5:28pm

A Mid-City woman and a Metro Council member say they were mistreated by members of the Baton Rouge Police Department amid the backdrop of the city's latest murder.

It happened Tuesday night on Atkinson Street.

That's where 38-year-old Garfen Neville was shot and killed.

As neighbors scrambled to find out what was happening, Sharon Edwards tells NBC33 News she was arrested while talking on her cell phone near the police tape.

While she was in a holding cell, members of her family called Counilwoman Marcelle to find out where she was taken.

When the Councilwoman called police herself, she says she was appalled at her treatment, and condemned the lieutenant's behavior that she spoke with over the phone.

"I'm just saying the police department actions towards me were very, very ugly," said Marcelle. "If they talked to me in that manner and I identified myself as a public servant, and they failed to talk to me, how do you expect the community to talk to you, and you won't even talk to the leaders?"

Edwards filed a formal complaint with the Internal Affairs Department upon her release. She was issued a misdemeanor summons.

Councilwoman Marcelle is waiting for the police chief's response to her call.

Both women are concerned that this alleged treatment only widens the gap of mistrust between police and the community.

NBC33 News reached out to Baton Rouge Police for comment and have not yet received a response.

Jason Newton has been covering this story and will have more at 10 p.m.

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