St. Landry

Jan 21, 2013 6:59 PM by Erin Steuber

Opelousas police chief on arrested officer's claim of Innocence

Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow is standing his ground when it comes to the investigation and arrest of one of his own. Sgt. Kenneth Edwards is facing charges of doctor shopping, drug distribution and taking drugs into the jail. Gallow alerted State Police after receiving information that Edwards was possibly involved in distributing narcotics. Edwards was arrested Friday.

Over the weekend, Edwards fired back saying he is not guilty of any of the charges and that his arrest is politically and personally motivated. It was rumored, he said, that he may run against Gallow. In a written statement to KATC, Gallow said, "This request of an independent investigation was based on doing the right thing for the right reason as to not create the perception of a biased or prejudiced investigation."

Gallow went on to say that State Police investigators had sufficient evidence to arrest Edwards and said that his arrest "centers on personal responsibility and being accountable for one's own actions." "Under my watch, If you break the law there are consequences that you will have to deal with. Wearing the uniform does not exempt you from arrest or prosecution should you choose to violate the laws in which you are sworn to enforce," he said.

Pictured: Kenneth Edwards

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