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Mayor Sharon Weston Broome speaks at BRAC's monthly luncheon Tuesday at LSU's Lod Cook Hotel.

Advocate Staff Photo by PATRICK DENNIS

A former president of the Baton Rouge Police Union says he stands by a Facebook post that implied the Baton Rouge area could be in for some Chicago-style crime, according to a WBRZ-TV report.

"I can say whatever I feel like saying," Chris Stewart told WBRZ.

In the post, Stewart wrote, "Coming to a city near you shortly," in relation to a news article with the headline, "Chicago ends year with 762 homicides, the most in 2 decades in that city."

Newly elected Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome called the comment "very disheartening" as well as misleading. "First of all, the numbers point to in 2016, we had the lowest murder rate since 2004 ... actually," she told WBRZ.

Last year, East Baton Rouge saw a nearly 22 percent drop in killings — from 78 in 2015 to 61 in 2016. The biggest drop in homicides was inside city limits, where the number fell from 60 in 2015 to 45 in 2016. The number of homicides remained largely flat in outlying areas of the parish.

See the full WBRZ story here.