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Investigation finds retiring Broussard police chief's "activities were in violation of the City's harassment policy"

The summary also states that some complaints about harassment were not fully investigated by police department leadership.

Posted: May 13, 2021 5:58 PM
Updated: May 14, 2021 8:04 AM

BROUSSARD, La. (KADN) - New details have been released in the investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Broussard Police Chief Brannon Decou.

Decou announced he was retiring effective in June from the force on May 10.

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The mayor and city council were updated on the findings by law firm Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. , during the May 11 council meeting.

According to the investigation summary released by the city of Broussard, some of Decou's "activities were in violation of the City's harassment policy, improper, and not appropriate for a leader of the Police Department."

The summary also states that some complaints about harassment were not fully investigated by police department leadership.

"We did not find any of the individual allegations against Police Department leadership, whether mentioned in the media or uncovered by the investigation, were illegal, although many violated the City's sexual harassment polic yand did constitute unprofessional behavior and misconduct," the letter read.

According to a statement from the city, Mayor Ray Bourque, a thre-person council committee and five other community members with law enforcement experience will interview and determine recommendations for an interim chief.

A final appointment will be made by the mayor and city council.

You can read the city's full statement below.

 

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