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3 Baton Rouge Police officers placed on leave after complaint by LSU receiver Koy Moore

Glenn Guilbeau
USA TODAY Network
LSU wide receiver Koy Moore (5) catches a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

BATON ROUGE - Three Baton Rouge policemen have been placed on administrative leave after LSU wide receiver Koy Moore detailed an allegation of harassment by them on Saturday night.

Moore, a freshman from Rummel High in the New Orleans area, tweeted on Sunday that he was "violated" on Saturday by officers who he said were searching him for a weapon.

"Last night I was approached by a policeman. They pulled guns on me assuming I had a gun and drugs, screaming 'Where's your gun?'" he wrote on Twitter. "I was violated numerous times even as far as trying to unzip my pants in search of a weapon that I repeatedly told them I did not have."

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A statement by Baton Rouge Police released Monday afternoon said "the three officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is under investigation."

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul initiated an Internal Affairs investigation into Moore's complaint.

"We appreciate Mr. Moore bringing this incident to our attention," Paul said in a statement. "As in every case, we will be collecting all available evidence and conducting interviews. Accountability and transparency are critical in building trust with the community. I pledge a thorough investigation into this complaint."

Moore gave more details on his Twitter account.

"As I tried to go live for video documentation of the harassment, they snatched my phone," he said. "I could've lost my life, and I know for a fact nothing would've happened to the guys who did it. As some celebrate the election of a new president, understand the real problem has not changed. If I didn't tell those incompetent officers that I was an LSU football player, there's no telling if I wouldn't been here to tell the story!"

Baton Rouge Police said they were made aware of Moore's complaint on Sunday. Paul contacted an LSU official and spoke with Moore.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron issued a statement Sunday, saying LSU and the police were investigating Moore's allegations.

"I am aware of the serious statements that Koy Moore made on social media about being violated by police officers Saturday evening," Orgeron said. "LSU and the Baton Rouge Police Department are investigating the incident. While I cannot comment on the investigation, what I can say is that we must work collectively to embrace our differences. We have to listen, learn and come together to combat social injustice and racism, if we are to create a safer and more equitable society for all people."

Orgeron made similar statements after some of his players marched to the LSU president's office over the summer as a protest against recent crimes against Blacks.

Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome released a statement Monday on Twitter on the matter.

"My office has been made aware of a situation concerning BRPD and an LSU student," Broome said. "Upon notification, I have been in contact with Chief Paul; he has assured me his department is thoroughly investigating this matter, and he has been in touch with the student. We take these allegations seriously and will await the findings of the investigation. We will get to the bottom of this situation and keep the lines of communication open with the community."

LSU athletic director Scott Woodward also released a statement later Monday.

“The safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our most important responsibility, and the details described by Koy Moore of his encounter with Baton Rouge Police on Saturday night are very troubling," he said. "We have engaged with Koy and his family, and the appropriate LSU officials are working with BRPD to help gather all of the facts of the incident.

"We have full faith BRPD will conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the matter. We will continue to dedicate every available resource to supporting Koy and all other LSU student-athletes who are understandably upset. Black Americans should never be treated unjustly by law enforcement, and we will continue to do our part to help change systemic racism in America.”

Moore (6-foot-1, 181 pounds) has eight catches for 70 yards this season. He was No. 5 prospect in Louisiana for the class of 2020 by Rivals.com, which also listed him as the No. 131 overall prospect in the country and No. 27 wide receiver.

The Tigers (2-3) did not play last weekend. They will host No. 1 Alabama (6-0), which was also open, at 5 p.m. Saturday on CBS.