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EBR Authorities Provide Updates on 'Brave Cave' Investigation, Officer Troy Lawrence's Resignation

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

BR Weekly Press

BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor Sharon Weston Broome addressed the media on Tuesday, August 29, in anticipation of a press conference during which leaders of the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) are set to discuss the resignation of Officer Troy Lawrence Jr. and an ongoing investigation centered on a clandestine interrogation site colloquially referred to as the 'Brave Cave.'

During her statement, Mayor Broome revealed her directive to Chief Paul to halt all activities at the facility known as the "Brave Cave," in response to grave allegations tied to its operations. The suspension is to remain in place as a comprehensive investigation, led by the BRPD, is undertaken. Until this point, Mayor Broome expressed her lack of awareness regarding the existence of this facility. In light of recent claims, she tasked Chief Paul with conducting a thorough review of its utilization, with a focus on the allegations at hand.

Furthermore, Officer Troy Lawrence Jr. has submitted his resignation amid a cloud of controversy. Over the course of several years, a series of complaints have emerged against the officer, each detailing instances where citizens alleged that he exhibited aggressive behavior while responding to crime scenes and making arrests.

Mayor Broome conveyed her deep concern over the gravity of these allegations, emphasizing the potential repercussions for the trust the community has vested in law enforcement. She noted that this trust had been meticulously cultivated and upheld during her tenure.

The press conference held later in the day is anticipated to furnish additional details regarding the investigation and the circumstances surrounding Officer Lawrence's resignation.

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