Baton Rouge, LA – Three Baton Rouge police officers have been placed on administrative leave after a Louisiana State University (LSU) football player claimed they “violated” him early Sunday morning.
The incident occurred at about 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 8 when Baton Rouge police responded to complaint about a large rooftop party at an apartment complex in the 700-block of West Chimes Street, The Advocate reported.
The police report said the building security guard had called to report 200 people partying on the rooftop of the new Ion apartment complex.
The party had broken up before police arrived but they encountered LSU freshman Koy Moore, a wide receiver for the university’s illustrious football team, in the parking garage adjacent to the building, The Advocate reported.
But the police report about the incident didn’t mention an encounter with Moore – it only said that the officers didn’t find a party and that they had checked the parking garage from top to bottom.
Moore, a standout freshman wide receiver, posted about the encounter on social media on Sunday afternoon.
He tweeted a picture of himself in his football uniform above a picture of the officers who he said had stopped him and posted details about what he says the officers did.
“Last night I was approached by policeman they pulled guns on me assuming I had a gun and drugs (screaming where’s your gun?) I was violated numerous times even as going as far as trying to unzip my pants in search of a weapon that I repeatedly told them I did not have,” Moore’s post began.
“As I tried to go live for video documentation of the harassment they snatched my phone I could have lost my life and I know for a fact nothing would’ve happened to the guys who did it.. as some celebrate the election of a new president understand the real problem have not changed,” he wrote.
“If I didn’t tell those incompetent officers I was a LSU football player there’s is no telling if I would’ve been here to tell the story!” Moore claimed. “Yesterday wasn’t a victory for America it was only a distraction.”
Just read this please we need a change!!! pic.twitter.com/EyiK0Rmx1r
— Koy Moore 🇲🇦 الحمدلله (@asap_koy) November 8, 2020
Moore’s tweet quickly went viral and Baton Rouge police announced on Monday that the officers had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, The Advocate reported.
“We appreciate Mr. Moore bringing this incident to our attention,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul told reporters on Nov. 9, according to WAFB.
“As in every case, we will be collecting all available evidence and conducting interviews,” Chief Paul promised. “Accountability and transparency are critical in building trust with the community. I pledge a thorough investigation into this complaint.”
Police officials said Tuesday that the department would not release the bodycam video from the incident until the internal investigation was completed, The Advocate reported.
Baton Rouge Police Spokesman Sergeant Don Coppola Jr. said the Moore incident doesn’t fall under the policy implemented in 2018 that requires bodycam to be released right away for “critical incidents.”
The Louisiana Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights also gives officers 30 days to get an attorney before being questioned by internal affairs investigators, The Advocate reported.
LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron weighed in on the incident a couple hours after Moore posted about it and offered his support, WAFB reported.
My thoughts on Koy Moore’s situation pic.twitter.com/Cqt7d4Vv1a
— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) November 9, 2020
“I am aware of the serious statements that Koy Moore made on social media about being violated by police officers Saturday evening,” Orgeron tweeted.
“LSU and the Baton Rouge Police Department are investigating the incident. While I cannot comment on the investigation, what I can say is that we must work collectively to embrace our differences,” Orgeron’s post continued. “We have to listen, learn and come together to combat social injustice and racism if we are to create a safer and more equitable society for all people.”