Victim’s voice: BRPD failed to investigate beating after wreck

I want to try to bring attention to the crime taking place in the city and the lack of ability to deal with it in any sort of meaningful way. I want to bring that to the attention of the voters.”

A man attacked following a hit-and-run accident on Oct. 19 is asking for the police’s help in finding the suspect.

The victim asked to remain anonymous. He said he was rear-ended near South Harrell Ferry’s Road. He pulled over to speak with the other driver, who was in a black Nissan Altima.

“He stopped under the interstate and I guess that he realized I’m not going to roll over. I’m going to pursue this and he gets out of the car,” the victim recalled. “Words were exchanged. I was dialing 9-1-1 when he came up and he attacked me. He hit me three, four times through the driver’s side window of my car.”

He said the man hopped in his car and drove away. The victim said he followed the man from South Harrells Ferry Road to Gus Young Road, while on the phone with someone from BRPD.

“I followed him from there to Pitcher Street and 42nd,” he said. “There’s a community center right there. He stopped at the community center. I pulled in across the road and parked and waited for the police and in that period of time he left and I was on the phone with them for 45 minutes to an hour trying to get a policeman there.”

A day after the attack, he said he went to the Baton Rouge Police Department with a request. He wanted the chief and those directly beneath him to be investigated for failing him.

“I went down to the police station to try to get Internal Affairs involved to try to find out if some of the policies that are implemented affect the police in a way where they can serve the community and protect the community?” he said. “I was told by one of those officers there that he wasn’t going to investigate anything I said. I asked him if he would mind if I recorded him saying that and I was escorted from the building, and threatened to be put under arrest if I didn’t.”

The man said a police report was filed from the accident the day the incident occurred. He said he also provided law enforcement with the Altima’s license plate information.

“My next step is to wait for them to finish that report,” he said. “There’s not a lot of damage to my truck. I was hit pretty hard, but that’s all fine and dandy. I want to try to bring attention to the crime taking place in the city and the lack of ability to deal with it in any sort of meaningful way. I want to bring that to the attention of the voters.”

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