City Council Calls For Investigation in Ville Platte Police Department - KLFY News 10

City Council Calls For Investigation in Ville Platte Police Department


A recent spike in property crime that resulted in a new curfew being put into place was not enough to prevent two more home invasions, one of which resulted in one of the intruders being shot to death.

As a result the city council has approved a public call for an investigation into the workings of the Ville Platte Police Department.

On Tuesday the Ville Platte City Council voted four to one to request an investigation into the workings of the small, and by some accounts overwhelmed police department.

The request was suggested, for the second time this year, by local NAACP President Arthur Sampson who says the police force is inadequate at best.

"When you have a serious case like kidnapping, robbery, rape, you don't just close the book. If names are mentioned they should take all leads. It's like they don't care".

Police Chief Neal Lartigue, who refused to speak on camera, says the investigation is totally unwarranted, but since he has nothing to hide, he will allow the investigation.

Chief Lartigue also claims the move is based on a personal vendetta involving one of the council members.

We spoke to a number of the council members who voted for the investigation and they say it wasn't this month's home invasion that sparked the request, rather a culmination of a variety of complaints from residents over an extended period of time.

Complaints that include poorly run investigations and slow response times. The council will now look at what agency will be the most fitting to conduct the investigation.

Both the district attorney's office and the Louisiana State Police are viable options for the job.

Alexandra Lewis

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