Baton Rouge Officer Arrested, Accused Of Falsifying Summons
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Baton Rouge police officer is accused of falsifying misdemeanor summonses.
Authorities say the department's internal affairs division began investigating 29-year-old Derek Jason Burns on July 3 after his supervisor noticed a summons Burns wrote that "just didn't look right."
The Advocate reports administrators wouldn't speculate on why Burns allegedly wrote bogus summonses. However, officers often are paid overtime to appear in court for the summonses that they write.
Burns was booked into the parish prison Thursday on four counts each of injuring public records, forgery and malfeasance in office. He was released on $24,000 bond.
Burns joined the force in 2006 and is assigned to the prison transport division. He was put on paid administrative leave.