BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Police body cameras captured the moment a Baton Rouge Police Officer approached Koy Moore and his friend last fall. The LSU wide receiver says they were leaving his apartment to get something to eat when the officers approached.
The young men put their hands on the hood of a nearby car. Moore identifies himself as an LSU football player, and the two get patted down and searched.
The officers were ordered to shut down a party near campus. Officials say the search began because one officer thought the pair were leaving the party and hid something behind a truck. Hours later, Moore took to social media, saying he was violated and that one officer tried to unzip his pants in search of a weapon.
Police Chief Murphy Paul says this is a learning experience for both sides and that the public should always come forward to report issues with officers.
“We encourage complaints, we want to know what’s going out there in the community,” Chief Paul said.
Paul says the officers did everything they were trained to do.
“Don’t be critical of our police officers,” Chief Paul said. “Give them an opportunity to grow from this experience.”
Two of the officers were issued a letter of reprimand and must take de-escalation training.
Shortly after the video was released, Moore’s attorneys put out a statement saying they are pleased the officers are getting disciplined. He went on to say the assault was unwarranted, unjustified, and overly aggressive.
In his weekly news conference, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron says he is happy Moore is safe and that he’s thankful that BRPD was transparent throughout this process.
Attorneys for Koy Moore released the following statement following the release of the body cam footage.
“Koy Moore is satisfied that two of the officers, including the one that initiated the stop and frisk, were disciplined for Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and that the Chief will be instituting training for them in this regard. This is a positive outcome and will hopefully change how these officers treat young men in the future.
The BRPD’s interaction with Koy Moore and his friend the night of Nov. 8 is clear evidence that we should expect more from the officers who are supposed to protect all citizens.
Unfortunately for Koy, his first-ever encounter with police fell well outside of the conduct expected from police officers. When misconduct and policy violations occur, accountability and discipline must follow.
These are the facts.
Three Baton Rouge police officers in the early morning hours of Nov. 8 approached Moore aggressively. The body cam videos prove it.
At approximately 1:50 a.m. that morning, Koy and his friend decided to grab a bite to eat, just like so many college students on campuses across the country are known to do. They left their LSU campus apartment and walked to the adjoining parking garage to get to his friend’s vehicle. Koy was unarmed and possessed no drugs.
While walking to their vehicle in the parking garage, BRPD Officer Brian Spitzer abruptly stopped his patrol car and aggressively approached the pair. This encounter quickly escalated when the initiating officer drew his weapon and held these college students at gunpoint.
The interaction grew more intense when BRPD Officers Carboni and Bouraique blindly followed the lead of the initiating officer by also drawing their deadly weapons on these two unarmed college students and cursing both young men. Koy’s plea to be treated with respect was ignored. These officers searched Koy during this encounter in pursuit of a weapon and/or drugs. Nothing was found.
These BRPD officers displayed an utter lack of professionalism or understanding toward two college students. Both young men remained completely unaware of why they were being stopped and harassed. The officers provided no explanation.
This assault was unwarranted, unjustified and was overly aggressive. There are some that want to celebrate a victory for these police officers. Their words do nothing to change the facts of how these officers acted.
This encounter was noticeably omitted from the police report from that night, despite the fact that guns were pulled, and students were held at gunpoint. If the officers felt they committed no wrongdoing, why didn’t they put what happened in their report? Had Koy not shared his experience via social media, this encounter would have certainly gone unacknowledged.
The March 10, 2021 BRPD Internal Affairs hearing was a closed hearing between the police officers, their teams of attorneys and their chief of police. Koy was not invited to attend the hearing, nor were his attorneys. Most concerning is that another police officer was the person who decided whether the officers should be disciplined or not. Basically, the BRPD officers scored a touchdown during practice when there was no defense on the field.
Despite having all of these advantages, two officers were disciplined. Officer Brian Spitzer sustained multiple policy violations including Conduct Unbecoming of a Police Officer and Failure to Write a Report. Spitzer was disciplined such that a Letter of Reprimand is now attached to his file, and he has been ordered to undergo mandatory procedural justice training, as well as mandatory de-escalation training. In like manner, the second Officer involved also sustained a policy violation of exhibiting Conduct Unbecoming of a Police Officer and will receive a Letter of Reprimand.
Koy Moore, who was recognized as LSU’s Student Academic Athlete of the Month (Feb. 2021), fully stands by his Twitter and Instagram posts. As we all witnessed, the body cam videos are completely consistent with Koy’s account. The officers acted improperly, and the police’s own internal investigation found as such.
On behalf of Koy and his family, we applaud Chief Paul for his professionalism throughout this process. We fully support his endeavors to increase transparency and accountability with the community.”
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge Police Department is holding a news conference about an encounter between officers and LSU freshman wide receiver Koy Moore.
The news conference is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and body camera video is expected to be released, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The news conference is taking place at BRPD Headquarters which is located at 9000 Airline Hwy.