LSP refers trooper trip investigation to internal affairs

LSP refers trooper trip investigation to internal affairs

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The head of Louisiana State Police says he is referring the matter of four troopers' interstate travel for a San Diego conference to internal affairs officers.

LSP released this statement by Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson Wednesday afternoon:

The preliminary inquiry has been completed regarding the four officers who traveled to San Diego via Las Vegas in conjunction with their attendance at an international police conference. I am told that there is sufficient cause and evidence to refer the matter to Internal Affairs for a full and thorough investigation.  The case will be assigned to an Internal Affairs investigator and continue to be supervised by Major Flinchum.  I have informed the governor's office of the preliminary findings and my intentions to pursue the administrative investigation.  It will commence immediately.

A Lee Zurik investigation prompted questions about when Col. Edmonson knew about the side trip to Las Vegas. He told FOX 8 Tuesday that an assistant used a signature stamp to approve expense report documents linked to the four troopers' expenditures.

Governor John Bel Edwards has ordered an investigation of the travel by the Division of Administration's auditor.

Here are links to our initial report and a Tuesday update.

Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.