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Feb 19, 2013 9:38 AM by AP/CS

Holden chooses to uphold BRPD chief's firing

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden has upheld the firing of Police Chief Dwight White.

Holden's decision came Monday after a sometimes contentious public hearing.

Holden says White made several misrepresentations during the hearing and tried to make it about the mayor rather than White's performance.

Holden says he wouldn't stand by and let White further divide the community.

White accused the mayor of violating his rights, and creating an impossible situation for anyone to resume as chief through his micromanagement of the department.

Holden had alleged White leaked confidential information, shredded documents, failed to discipline an officer who lied under oath and repeatedly violated departmental policy.

Holden hired White on May 27, 2011. He was one of 52 candidates in a search that lasted nearly three months.

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