1

Community members gather at Hammond City Hall Tuesday night for the city council meeting.

Hammond city council voted unanimously to refer the booking room video to a third-party to investigate and 3-2 to urge the mayor to remove the police chief Tuesday night.

Community members filled Hammond City Chamber and spilled out into the lobby as one by one attendees voiced their opinions on Police Chief Edwin Bergeron’s actions in the 2017 booking room incident, which recently resurfaced in full. The meeting lasted four hours.

Councilman Kip Andrews said he wanted to have the video investigated now that it has been released in full, so the city can finally have a clear answer.

Councilmen Devon Wells, Sam DiVittorio and Kip Andrews voted in favor of asking the mayor to remove the police chief from office. Council members Carlee Gonzales and Steven Leon voted against it.

Despite passing, the council cannot force the mayor to remove the chief.

Prior to the council voting, city attorney Andre Coudrain said a resolution has no authority and is only an expression of sentiment of the council's vote.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.