Former Duson Assistant Police Chief Gerald Credeur is officially off the force. He was fired last night at the Duson city council meeting. Credeur allegedly falsified police documents and made two unlawful arrests.
It's all related to his work on the Keiosha Felix case. Credeur's attorney denied those allegations. His termination has sparked anger in some people who work close with the Felix family. Tammy Charles, who is the volunteer coordinator for find Keiosha Now Group, says Credeur's perseverance to find Keiosha may have led to his termination because people surrounding him were saying to stop pursing this.
Credeur, however, kept looking. Charles says his persistence could uncover things in the Duson department. Things that Charles says the Duson police department didn't want uncovered. Credeur's attorneys are appealing that decision. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, who is in charge of the Keiosha case, say they do believe Keiosha is alive and not far from here. They also want to remind the public that the FBI is still offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Keiosha.
Gerald Credeur Terminated
The Duson community is in shock after the town council fired the assistant police chief who was also the lead investigator in the case of still missing teen, Keiosha Felix. Gerald Credeur was let go from his position as the Assistant Police Chief of Duson for allegedly falsifying police documents and the unlawful arrest of two people in the Felix case.
Credeur's attorney provided a rebuttal to the allegations, but the council decided to terminate Credeur's position with the police department.
Credeur and his attorney declined comment.
Duson Police Lieutenant Suspended
It was an intense meeting Tuesday in Duson concerning the disappearance
case of Keiosha Felix.
The community came out to support Assistant Police Chief Gerald Credeur
who was reportedly told to either resign or be fired by the Chief.
It was an outpouring of support for Duson Assistant Police Chief Gerald
Credeur who was second in command, was the lead investigators for the
case of Keiosha Felix's disappearance. Now, he's no longer on the force.
"My decision was based on the knowing and willingness of Lieutenant
Credeur to violate the constitutional rights of at least two American
citizens," announced Chief of Police Frank Andrew.
Andrew cited a handful of things Credeur allegedly did during the
investigation. Such as obtaining warrants improperly and illegally
arresting possible suspects in connection with Felix's disappearance.
"He was fired without given any reason why he was fired," says Joslyn
Alex, Credeur's attorney.
This was the first time there was any light shed on why the Chief wanted
When the allegations were read aloud, shock and disbelief vertebrated
throughout the room, including amongst members of Keiosha's family.
"Mr. Credeur gave his heart and soul to this case," says Lena Lewis,
Tuesday, the town council voted to suspend Credeur with pay until next
months meeting, depending on whether the allegations are either
confirmed or dismissed.
Credeur addressed reporters after the meeting and said these allegations
were false and responded to the support from the community. "It's great.
It feels wonderful," says Credeur.
Credeur's attorney said they want to push back the final ruling of his
possible termination to January.
Meanwhile the council also hired another officer to fill Credeur's