BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) has fired one officer and announced an arrest for another, after two separate internal investigations.
The Internal Affairs Division of BRPD has finished an administrative investigation involving Siya Creel. Investigators said Creel willfully engaged in adverse conduct when he failed to comply with departmental policy and procedures.
Creel, who also served as the Police Union Vice President, was terminated on Dec. 15 for speaking as the Union VP to a private citizen about the crime rate in Baton Rouge, according to a statement from Louisiana Law Enforcement Association (LLEA). Furthermore, Creel spoke to the citizen “about the billboards erected by the Union to bring the matter to the public’s attention.”
As per Police Department policy, since Vice President Creel was within city limits at the time of the conversation, he was required to carry his service weapon and his badge in plain view. The citizen later released the recording of the conversation on social media.
Due to the punitive response of Chief (Murphy) Paul, elected officers and members of the Baton Rouge Police Union will no longer respond to any press inquiries regarding union matters or any other concerns.Chris Stewart, Exec. Director, Louisiana Law Enforcement Association
Creel was terminated for violating BRPD policies. He was a five year veteran, most recently assigned to the Uniform Patrol Divison.
In a separate investigation, BRPD detectives arrested Corporal Jeremiah Ardoin for his alleged involvement in the purchase and receipt of stolen property. On Dec. 9, Ardoin was charged with criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of stolen things.
Ardoin was a 12 year veteran with BRPD who was most recently assigned to the Criminal Investigative Bureau. He has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.
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