Efforts by a group of Louisiana State Troopers to have Gov. John Bel Edwards remove State Police Commissioner Calvin Braxton have reignited after the state police said Braxton used his position to ask for special treatment from law enforcement for him and his family, according to a WWL-TV report.
According to the report, an incident report filed last year by the State Police Commander of Troop E in Nachitoches accused Braxton of intimidating a trooper after he arrested Braxton's daughter for driving while intoxicated.
An incident report written by then-commander of State Police Troop E, Captain Jay Oliphant, says Oliphant called Braxton the day after his daughter's arrest as a courtesy.
The report says Braxton allegedly told Oliphant the trooper should have known who he was and, "should have given his daughter professional courtesy as well as utilizing discretion in not arresting her."
Braxton also went on to become "more intimidating" in four subsequent conversations with Oliphant, including suggesting that he might not help the trooper who arrested his daughter if he were to ever get in a bind on the job that required him to appear before the Louisiana State Police Commission, and also suggested he be reassigned to New Orleans, hundreds of miles away from home, for 90 days to, "get his mind right."
Emails obtained by WWL-TV through a public records request also show former Executive Director of the commission, Cathy Derbonne, helped Braxton fix two speeding tickets in his favor, including one out of Monroe County, Florida -- which happened just days before his daughter was arrested for DWI.
“People did what they did. The governor did what he did and I'm still here. I have no further comment,” Braxton said to WWL-TV at a regularly-scheduled State Police Commission meeting last week.
Read WWL-TV's full report here.