BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Bossier Republican Parish Executive Committee (RPEC) is now calling on Rick Avery to resign.
Wednesday, Avery announced at a Bossier Parish Police Jury meeting that he was stepping down as Vice President. Though Avery still remains on the police jury as a representative for Bossier Parish District 6.
The recommendation from RPEC comes just days after the Bossier City Police Department released the results of an internal investigation.
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, Police Officer Ryan Hutchings resigned, Officer Terry Yetman received a 3 day suspension and Communications Officer Tracy Cole was terminated.
Wednesday, Bossier RPEC sent the following:
Mike Collier with RPEC told KSLA News 12 that he met with Avery on Tuesday, May 17 and asked him to resign. According to Collier, Avery said "I'll take it under consideration."
Collier explained that the executive committee had been discussing the issue over the past couple of weeks and recently took a straw poll and voted 14-0 in favor of asking Avery to resign.
The way to get an "undesirable" out of office is to vote them out, said Collier. But, Avery isn't up for re-election for 3 and a half more years which is why Collier says the committee is pushing for his resignation.
Avery formally apologized to the Police Jury on May 6 for his actions. He said 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 said he accepts full responsibility for his actions.
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."