Police officers are having to be formally summoned to talk with investigators about the controversial 2017 booking room incident.

Michael Adams of DeCuir, Clark & Adams of Baton Rouge, and consulting expert Seth W. Stoughton was scheduled to interview several Hammond police officers this week, but they were unable to do so after the officers declined to meet.

During a brief update on the investigation at Tuesday’s council meeting, Council President Kip Andrews said he learned of the delay on May 6 and said the officers are now being legally forced to participate in giving witness testimony.

A letter notifying Adams that the officers had declined to talk was sent by an attorney, who had been retained by two of the officers and who was talking with, but not yet retained by, the other officers, Andrews said.

“That pushed us to another mode where I had them served with subpoenas for them to show up,” the council president said.

Council clerk Tonia Banks confirmed that the officers received the summons document.

Hammond City Council hired the attorney and video expert in October to independently investigate the incident. Andrews and Councilman Sam DiVittorio are serving as primary contacts of communication between the council and the third party consultants.

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