Shreveport councilman wants police chief relieved of duty

Shreveport councilman wants police chief relieved of duty
Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump (Source: KSLA News 12)
Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump (Source: KSLA News 12)
Shreveport District G Councilman Jerry Bowman Jr.
Shreveport District G Councilman Jerry Bowman Jr.

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport councilman says he has lost confidence in the city's police chief and wants him out.

And Jerry Bowman Jr. says his frustrations did not start with Monday's gunfire.

The District G representative said he wrote and wanted to send his letter of no confidence 2 months ago.

On Tuesday, November 14th, he plans to introduce a resolution to that effect when the City Council meets.

In his letter released Wednesday, Bowman asks Mayor Ollie Tyler to immediately relieve Alan Crump of his duties as police chief.

The letter goes on to say:

Chief Crump was appointed Chief of Police on December 6, 2016 and confirmed by the City Council on December 13, 2016; therefore, he is a probationary employee in the working test period.

Recently, Crump was placed on paid leave after police say he fired his weapon at a suspect during a chase.

In a news release, the mayor says she placed Crump on leave with pay Tuesday in an effort to maintain full transparency during the ongoing investigation.

"Our police chief demonstrated his willingness to actively take part in combating crime and putting his life on the line alongside his fellow officers," Tyler's statement says.

"Policy does not require officers to be placed on departmental leave under such circumstances. However, because he is the head of this department, it is appropriate to take this action to allow for a full and thorough investigation."

For now, Deputy Chief Bill Goodin is in charge of the Police Department.

KSLA News 12 has reached out to the mayor's office for a response to Bowman's letter and was told she has no comment.

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