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Chief: Not jailing all beating suspects a mistake

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge's police chief says it was a mistake not to take everyone to jail accused in the beating of a family at a gas station.

Interim Chief Carl Dabadie told officers when he took over to only take misdemeanor suspects to jail for violent crimes. Former chief Dewayne White had ordered officers to book all misdemeanor suspects.

Donald Ray Dickerson, Devin Bessye and Ashley Simmons, all black, are accused of attacking a white man, his wife and 14-year-old daughter at a gas station May 12. Dickerson was jailed on a felony charge of second-degree battery. Bessye and Simmons were not taken to jail, but issued summonses for misdemeanor battery.

Faced with pleas for the three to be charged with hate crimes, prosecutors say they are examining the case.

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