The Advocate is at it again with its misleading reports. Today an article was published regarding the newest “contender” for police chief. The problem is, current police chief Carl Dabadie Jr., isn’t going anywhere just yet, despite Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s profuse attempts to remove him. But since we can never be too sure that she won’ get her way, we figured we should check this guy out.
Sgt. Myron Daniels first joined the BRPD force in 1998 and has overcome quite a few obstacles during his time serving there. Most notably, he was shot on the job during a drug raid and ended up in a coma for a couple of days, and luckily he survived and was able to return to work. Apparently, it’s no secret that he aspires to become Baton Rouge’s next police chief. He actually applied for the position back in 2013, but Dabadie was instead offered the position.
Despite this loss Daniels is a rather popular guy, some would say. He certainly seems to be actively involved around Baton Rouge. According to The Advocate’s piece, he serves on the Special Reponse Team, and he’s taught self-defense courses and organized fundraisers and toy drives. He’s also served as the president of his area branch of the Magnolia State Peace Officers Association, which is a statewide organization for black police officers.
But Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome made it clear during and after her campaign that she wanted to replace Dabadie with someone from the outside. This seems to clash with the opinions of some of those at BRPD, who have expressed that if Dabadie is to be replaced, his replacement have a familiarity with the department and a personal connection to our community. Daniels seems to fit those requirements.
Regardless, let us not forget the crucial underlying concept here: Dabadie is still our police chief and there is no guarantee that this is going to change. Toward the end of the article, The Advocate quoted Sgt. C. Bryan Taylor – head of the local police union – when he said that Dabadie “hasn’t done anything wrong to be removed from this position.” The fact that we’re seeing reports as if his removal is certain is both frustrating and unfair. But we’re fairly positive we can expect more of this. Broome has a history of overstepping boundaries with BRPD and there’s no reason to assume she’ll stop now.