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NAACP Demands Change Within The Lafayette Police Department

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     The NAACP Tuesday night called for change within the Lafayette Police Department.

     Their calls center on accusations of racial insensitivity within the department.   

     "Such allegations involve the use of racial slurs, in particularly the use of the n-word, from officers when referring to the African American community, and other police officers," said the President of the NAACP chapter in Lafayette Marja Broussard.

     The NAACP discussed a recent complaint over an alleged audio recording, which featured an officer making a racially charged comment.  The officer, William White, was suspended for 30 days.  The NAACP is now demanding that Officer William White be fired, and for the department to be more strict when it comes to racial insensitivity.

     "Unfortunately, sometimes you'll have a rotten tree and it will produce a bunch of bad apples. And you have to get rid of that tree.  So you have to get rid of the system, you have to get rid of the source," said Retired Lafayette Police Corporal Andres Landor.  

     Landor, who filed a formal complaint earlier this year, says racial insensitivity is a problem in the force.

     "Officers who have this type of mindset need to be eradicated from the Lafayette Police Department.  There needs to be a zero tolerance, and that goes for the black officers too," Landor said.

     It's an issue that's been brought up in public before.  Police Chief Jim Craft addressed it last month in an interview on June 16th.

     "Overall, the issues presented tonight are already being addressed by  the department.  And like I said, they have valid concerns, and we want to  reassure the community that we're working to gain everyone's trust.  And in the near future they'll see the results of that," said Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft.

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