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Apr 13, 2011 12:00 AM by Shawn Kline

Breaux Bridge officer resigns amidst accusations

A Breaux Bridge detective resigned Tuesday. Raymond Calais is accused of lying about a botched investigation in court.
Residents call him a "rogue officer." City Council was set to talk about his future with the Breaux Bridge Police Department at Tuesday's city council meeting but just hours before the meeting, Calais suddenly resigned.

"He came into the office and resigned," Chief PJ Hebert said. "I did not expect it."

Chief Hebert says Detective Raymond Calais was already under suspension when allegedly showed an armed robbery suspect to a witness before the witness saw a photo line-up.
However, some residents say a resignation isn't enough.

"I think he should do his five years, hard labor." Tonya D. Domengeaux says, "and pay his $10,000 fine."

Domengeaux says Calais assaulted her two years ago but nothing was done about it.
Since the incident happened, Domengeaux has voiced a protest- using her yard to garner support; it's stocked with signs and banners in protest of the Breaux Bridge Police Department.

"I've had several people come to me and tell me things he had done to them since I posted these signs," Domengeaux said.

However, she says these neighborhood complaints were never addressed either.
That is, until Chief Hebert was elected last fall. During his campaign, Hebert made a promise to the residents of Breaux Bridge.

"I promised the people that I would come in here and turn the department around." Hebert says, "bring some integrity to the department and that's what I'm working towards."

Hebert could not comment on personnel (such as Calais) or why he resigned.
KATC's Shawn Kline called Raymond Calais, who did not have a comment but said:

"I will prepare a statement when I'm ready."

Some residents say they're happy with Calais' resignation but they won't be satisfied until he's tried in court.



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