Baton Rouge Police Officer Resigns After Accusations of Racist Online Posts
A Baton Rouge police officer has resigned after colleagues accused him of posting racist and sexist statements online. An internal investigation into his conduct is ongoing.
Sgt. Chris Kuhn was placed on leave three weeks ago after the BRPD received a complaint about his alleged online rants. Chief Murphy Paul called the posts "racist, sexist, insulting...offensive and insensitive."
The department's internal affairs investigators have been trying to determine if Kuhn was indeed the author of those posts.
WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge reported that the statements were posted to Tigerdroppings, a local message board. They say Kuhn is accused of posting under the name "PESTICIDE." However, all posts made from that account have since been taken down.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said last month that his office was looking over cases in which Kuhn was the arresting officer or witness. As a result, Kuhn could be placed on the office's "Brady list," which includes the names of local law enforcement officers with compromising pasts that could become relevant in court.
Kuhn has served 20 years with the department and was most recently a squad supervisor for the uniform patrol division.
Recently, he secured the position of treasurer with the Baton Rouge police union. However, after his alleged misconduct, he was removed from the position.
Kuhn campaigned for the aforementioned position on a platform of transparency and accountability and promised to have the union more open about how funds are spent.
"I do not wish to divide this union or cause dissension. I want to protect our money and our union," he wrote in a campaign flyer. He said he wanted to make sure "the money is available to fight the battles that need to be fought, especially in the craziness of 2020 and the era of social justice."