Police Abuse

La. Deputy Sheriffs Arrest Public Safety Officer on Sexual Battery, Official Malfeasance Charges

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Michael Selders
EBRSO

In Louisiana, an incident of police misconduct law enforcement officials appear to have taken seriously very quickly: Authorities arrested Michael Selders, a public safety officer in the Louisiana State Police's Physical Security division, on charges of sexual battery and official malfeasance a day after he was alleged to have sexually harassed a woman during a traffic stop.

Local news station KATC reports:

According to the victim, Selders stopped her vehicle on Pride Port Hudson Road early Saturday morning when she was traveling home from work. The victim stated that Selders frequents her place of employment, and he hugged her once she exited her vehicle. She stated he continued to touch her inappropriately before he left the scene. The victim contacted the Sheriff's office to report the incident later that day.

Detectives contacted Selders, and he agreed to meet them for questioning. According to EBRSO Detectives, Selders had several inconsistencies in his accounts of the incident. Detectives booked Selders into Parish Prison on the above listed charges.

"Our integrity is paramount, and the public demands that everyone who wears a badge is held to a higher standard," stated Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "This incident will be investigated fully by not only the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, but also by the Louisiana State Police Internal Affairs Section."

Selders remains on paid administrative leave while facing charges and the internal affairs investigation. According to Louisiana State Police's public affairs division, public safety officers in the state are not unionized.

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  1. a public safety officer in the Louisiana State Police’s Physical Security division,

    What the fuck is that even supposed to mean?

      1. Yes.
        A guard for government owned buildings.

  2. I wonder if I were grabbing and fondling women at my place of work, whether they would put me on paid leave.

    1. I wonder if I were grabbing and fondling women at my place of work, whether they would put me on paid leave.

      If you worked in Quality Control at a brothel….

      Maybe a raise too!

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  4. According to Louisiana State Police’s public affairs division, public safety officers in the state are not unionized.

    So there is a chance that this guy may actually have something happen to him…

  5. How was he supposed to know he wasn’t allowed to touch the woman?

    NEEDZ MOAR TRAINZ

  6. Selders…”i thought i saw a weapon and rather than just shooting her, i performed a very thorough search of her”

    case dismissed

    1. He deserves a medal!

  7. Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent.

    Why do we let cops use military titles?

    1. Why do we let cops use military titles?

      For the same reason we let guys who found fried chicken multi-nationals call themselves “Colonel”.

      …that is no reason at all!

      1. Harland Sanders was given that title twice by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Hardly appropriating it for himself.

    2. True story:

      On one of the occasions where I was summoned to be a witness in a criminal court, I encountered a cop from my local PD. As I was supposed to check in with our local pd’s chief detective, and I couldn’t find the guy anywhere, I got this officer’s attention by asking “Excuse me officer, can you tell me where I can find Det _____?”

      He turned red; “I’m a corporal!” he practically spat at me.

      I apologized and repeated my question using his proper rank. And then he told me the detective had called in sick and pointed to the patrolman who was going to submit the complaint.

      At the time I was sorely tempted to insist that he address me as Lieutenant, for the lulz. 😉

      1. He turned red; “I’m a corporal!” he practically spat at me.

        “Congratulations! Now, officer, can you tell me where I can find Det. ________?”

      2. Reminds me of working with Marines. God help you if you address some E-6 as “sergeant”.

    3. It reenforces the idea that they are at war.

  8. …public safety officers in the state are not unionized.

    There it is.

  9. Negligent entrustment?

    These guys should sue the Founding Fathers for negligently entrusting us proles with the right to keep and bear arms.

    1. Oops. Wrong thread.

  10. “Detectives contacted Selders, and he agreed to meet them for questioning. According to EBRSO Detectives, Selders had several inconsistencies in his accounts of the incident.”

    I guess they don’t have the no-interviews-within-48-hours rule that obtains in New York. Dunphy assured us that rule was to prevent violations of the Fifth Amendment, and that we civilians should be grateful because that rule would protect cases from being thrown out!

    1. Not 48 hours, pending charges

      https://reason.com/blog/2014/11…..nt_4926821

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