Posted: Aug 3, 2012 6:12 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Aug 3, 2012 6:34 PM
A new lawsuit involving the Lafayette Police Department.
Attorneys want documents, recordings, and all evidence dealing with an incident that happened in October of last year involving off-duty officer, Jeremy Dupuis. The suit, filed by Kane Marceaux who is involved in a previous suit, claims he passed out drunk in his personal vehicle in a Mcdonalds' parking lot.
An employee at Mcdonalds made the 911 call, describing Dupuis' condition.
"You need to send someone over here. He looks like he's going to have a seizure or something," the employee said the the 911 dispatcher.
The suit claims when an officer arrived at Mcdonalds, he called his higher-ups, asking what to do. The suit alleges supervisors decided not to call Internal Affairs and took Dupuis home. The basis of the suit, attorneys want recordings of those conversations saying the calls were made through LPD recorded telephone lines and they should have been recorded and archived. An officer recorded a meeting between Chief Craft and four others in the department. Craft indicates Dupuis broke the law.
"Jeremy Dupuis probably did have too much to drink, did operate his vehicle while intoxicated, and couldn't make it home and passed out in a parking lot. He could have killed someone," said Craft in the recording.
Craft is heard in the recording saying officers need to conduct themselves better in public. The suit alleges the investigation was downgraded from an Internal Affairs investigation to a shift-level investigation. But Lafayette Police Department spokesperson Corporal Paul Mouton says officers investigated the incident thoroughly and Dupuis was dealt with. How he was dealth with? That information isn't available because personnel matters are private, but the lawsuit says Dupuis was suspended for one day. The attorneys want the Lafayette Parish Council to either allow the Attorney General's Office or FBI to conduct an investigation.