Shreveport Councilman Wants Police Chief Fired
Shreveport City Councilman Jerry Bowman is urging Mayor Ollie Tyler to relieve Police Chief Alan Crump of his duties. Bowman's push comes on the heels of the chief being placed on paid leave after being involved in a shooting Monday afternoon.
New reports say that Crump was allegedly seen elbow-bumping and possibly celebrating his involvement in the shooting with a fellow officer. In a statement released by Bowman on Wednesday, Bowman says Crump has not demonstrated the competency or judgement required to be chief of police. Bowman also cites the increased violence in the city as a reason for the Chief to be fired.
You can read Councilman Bowman's full statement below.
Good morning to all, I hope all is well.
Chief Crump was appointed Chief of Police on December 6, 2016 and confirmed by the City Council on December 13, 2016; therefore, he is a probationary employee in the working test period.
Since becoming Chief, he has not demonstrated the competencies and judgement required of the Chief of Police for the City of Shreveport, and the citizens do not believe that he has or can provide the leadership needed to reduce crime nor keep this city safe.
I supported his appointment with hopes of a good work, but my confidence in him has diminished since he’s been in office, especially with 2 incidents where my information was miscommunicated and misused, several employees being suspended or terminated and now all are back on duty due to lack of information to support his reasoning and , along with a more recent incident, I now have no confidence in his judgement.
All of the above and more shows poor judgement, demonstrates incompetence, has placed me and my family in danger and now the citizens of Shreveport are at the end as well.
Therefore, because of his poor judgment and because he has not demonstrated the ability to successfully perform the duties of Chief of Police, I will be requesting our Honorable Mayor Tyler to immediately relieve Alan Crump of his duties as Chief of Police of the City of Shreveport.