Sources at LRPD have confirmed a tip we received that three LRPD cops, Brad Stewart, Lee Pitts and Justin Sims have been "relieved of duty" in connection with an incident at Club Trois.
The story we were told is that Stewart was working off-duty at Club Trois and dealt with an inebriated female club patron by soaking her with pepper spray.
LRPD General Order ("G.O.") 303 requires that a cop that uses physical force, non-lethal control and compliance devices, on or off-duty, follow certain procedures.
Use of pepper spray is a Level 4 event.
Here are the specific procedures.
LRPD sources tell us that they are trained to call MEMS after they use pepper spray or a taser on an individual.
They are to file an incident report and they file an officer's report or letter form (5600-2) with their immediate supervisor for each use of force incident.
Here's an example of an officer letter form.
Not a single procedure was followed in this incident.
And to make matters worse they simply drove her to her residence.
Did something happen when they took her home? That is unknown.
What we do know is a complaint was made and when supervisors look for reports they found none.
We do not know what part Pitts and Sims played in this incident or exactly who it was that too her back to her residence.
LRPD will not respond to our questions or provide any records as the incident is "under investigation".
Word is that there might be video recordings of all this.
Get that popcorn ready.