BCPD: Officers disciplined after internal investigation into police juror arrest

BCPD: Officers disciplined after internal investigation into police juror arrest
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Bossier Parish Police Juror Rick Avery - (R) District 6 (Source: Bossier Parish Police Jury)
Bossier Parish Police Juror Rick Avery - (R) District 6 (Source: Bossier Parish Police Jury)

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - A Bossier City police officer has been fired, another suspended and a third has resigned following an internal investigation involving the handling of the arrest a Bossier Parish police juror.

Bossier Parish District 6 representative Rick Avery was arrested on suspicion of DWI on April 10, after his car was seen weaving in and out of traffic on Benton Road.

Police video tape showed Avery threatening the jobs of police officers and reportedly making a racial slur about an officer. At the time, Avery said he was working at his farm and drank a beer before heading home.

Avery was ultimately released before being booked into the Bossier City Jail, which is in violation of department policy.

Bossier City Police Chief Shane McWilliams ordered an internal investigation the following week.

According to a statement released by BCPD Monday, it was determined that officers failed to follow proper policy and procedure with regard to the incident.

As a result, the statement says one officer resigned from the department prior to disciplinary action being taken, a second officer was terminated and a third received a 3 day suspension from duty without pay.

Per Bossier City Police Department policy regarding personnel matters, details of the investigation including the names of the officers are not being released by the department.

Avery made a public apology on May 6, saying the combination of alcohol and a medication he was taking caused him to act irrationally.

"In my defense," said Avery, "I met with my physician last week and he watched the video. He called the result of what happened a blackout. Because one minute I was patting people on the back and ten seconds later, I was cussing them out...calling them these horrible names."

Avery, who is not facing charges, said he accepts full responsibility for his actions.

The Bossier Parish Police Jury, of which Avery remains a member, has not commented on the incident.

According to a Bossier City Police Department spokesman, charges were not filed against Avery because "the necessary evidence to warrant and support charges was not obtained by officers."

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