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Louisiana police chief announces his own arrest on Facebook, says he’ll keep doing job

A Louisiana police chief who has been accused of taking around $4,000 in cash seized by officers in separate cases has announced his own arrest on social media, saying he will continue to do his job.

Grayson Police Chief Mitch Bratton announced on Facebook on Thursday that Louisiana State Police (LSP) investigators charged him with two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of malfeasance in office. He added, “I won’t debate the validity of the charge.”

“I want to be in full disclosure,” Bratton said. “This does not affect me being the chief of police, and I intend to be as accessible as I always have while I let the criminal justice system work this issue out.”

LSP confirmed Bratton’s arrest in its own Facebook post hours later, saying he was booked into the Caldwell Parish Jail and that the investigation is ongoing.

State investigators say they looked into Bratton’s department after a complaint was filed about the missing money.

Investigators allege that Bratton stole $2,500 and $1,150 from two separate cases and that the money was never documented as evidence.

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