BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office dropped more drug cases connection to possible corruption in the Baton Rouge Police Department’s narcotics unit.
Now, the Baton Rouge Chapter of the NAACP is requesting more transparency as the DA’s office continues to investigate. The group is demanding District Attorney Hillar Moore create a community oversight committee to review all cases from the Baton Rouge Police Department narcotics unit.
“We’re asking and requesting that we can view the documents. We can review the cases. We can review the records that were attached to Detective Jason Acree so we can ensure the people that we serve that we’ve done everything to make sure they didn’t have drugs planted on them by a criminal cop,” said Eugene Collins, Baton Rouge NAACP President.
Acree was arrested back in February, following an internal investigation accusing him of dealing drugs. He and officer Jeremiah Ardoin are also accused of stopping people of color and planting drugs on them. Several supervisors in the narcotics unit were re-assigned to uniform patrol.
So far, more than 700 cases have been tossed out.
“There could be countless members of the Baton Rouge black and brown community who are prohibited from business and occupational licensing, housing, voting, education, and other rights, benefits, and opportuities due to highly questionable convictions,” said Alaina Bloodworth, Baton Rouge NAACP Social Justice Chair.
The District Attorney says the review process into those cases could take months.
The Baton Rouge Chapter of the NAACP is looking for people who have been wrongly charged for drugs. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
District Attorney Hillar Moore sent this statement: