Two veteran Baton Rouge police officers accused of escorting a man out of a BREC park earlier this year while a third officer forced his female friend to perform a sex act were fired Friday.
Emerson Jackson, 32, and Travis Wheeler, 27, were reported to be on paid administrative leave Thursday after a grand jury indicted all three officers on abuse of office charges. Friday morning, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie fired the two officers.
Isaac M. Bolden, 40, is the person on whom the woman allegedly performed the sex act, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said.
Bolden resigned from the department several months ago, police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa said Thursday.
The trio were all on duty, in uniform and in marked police cars between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, when they encountered a woman and her male friend in a parked car at Old Hammond Park, authorities said. Jackson and Wheeler then forced the man to leave the park, Moore said.
Jackson, a six-year BRPD veteran, and Wheeler, a five-year BRPD veteran, were both members of the Uniform Patrol Division, according to a release by Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McNeely.
“We’re going to start the process now of going to court to prove his innocence and hopefully get his job back,” Wheeler’s attorney Henry Daniels III said.
It’s not clear yet whether Jackson has hired an attorney.
Jackson and Wheeler turned themselves in at Parish Prison Friday afternoon. Bolden had not turned himself in as of late Friday afternoon.