Louisiana State University wide receiver Koy Moore claimed to have been harassed and “violated” by members of the Baton Rouge Police Department on Saturday, and three officers have been placed on leave as a result.
TV station WWNO reports that Moore, in a statement posted on Twitter, alleged officers pulled guns on him, assuming he had drugs or a weapon. Additionally, Moore claimed to have had his phone taken when he attempted to record the encounter via video.
“If I didn’t tell those incompetent officers that I was a LSU football player there’s no telling if I would’ve been here to tell the story,” Moore said in his tweet statement.
A spokesperson for the department said that Chief Murphy Paul initiated an internal investigation after speaking with Moore.
“We appreciate Mr. Moore for bringing this incident to our attention,” Paul said in a statement released Monday morning. “Accountability and transparency are critical in building trust with the community. I pledge a thorough investigation into this complaint.”
LSU athletic director Scott Woodward released a statement in response to the incident on Monday.
“We have full faith BRPD will conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the matter,” Woodward’s statement reads. “We will continue to dedicate every available resource to supporting Koy and all other LSU student-athletes who are understandably upset.”
Statement from LSU AD Scott Woodward on Saturday Incident pic.twitter.com/C0YzMZ2Bxw— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) November 9, 2020