Police patrolling council members’ homes after threatening email

BATON ROUGE — After a threatening email was sent to all East Baton Rouge Parish council members, several members have reported it to law enforcement, UWK has learned.

The email, bearing explicit remarks, was sent on Sunday, October 1, 2023, around 8:39 a.m., targeting all council members. Additionally, the email inquired about each council member’s residential address and the schools attended by their children.

The email was in response to last Wednesday night’s council meeting. During the heated meeting, specific council members stood their ground in light of the ongoing FBI probe into the BRPD, Chief Murphy Paul, and officers who may have “abused their authority.”

It’s why specific council members requested for Chief Paul to step aside from his duties in the interest of transparency. Chief Paul responded vigorously, unloading at the council meeting, openly singling out certain members by pointing at them in the public forum.

The next day, some council members formally requested East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome to either terminate Chief Paul due to his behavior or request his resignation. Since sending that email on Thursday, September 28, EBR council members have not received any response from Mayor Broome. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that Mayor Broome has not reached out to the council members since they received the threatening email on Sunday morning.

The email, with its menacing content, has been reported to multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Central Police, Attorney General’s Office, and the FBI. The reports have been documented by some of the law enforcement agencies with officials saying they have been sending police officers/deputies by council members’ homes to ensure their safety.

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The email was sent one day ahead a public rally to support BRPD Chief Murphy Paul. That rally is scheduled in front of BRPD headquarters on Airline Hwy. at 10 a.m. and led by the faith-based community leaders and community members.

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