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.