LSU wide receiver Koy Moore is alleging that Baton Rouge police officers physically “violated” him and pointed guns at him Saturday night during a search for a gun and drugs, which the freshman did not possess. Moore said he tried to record the scene with his phone, when officers took it from him.
“I was violated numerous times even as going as far as trying to unzip my pants in search of a weapon that I repeatedly told them I did not have,” Moore said in a statement. “As I tried to go live for video documentation of the harassment, they snatched my phone. I could’ve lost my life, and I know for a fact nothing would’ve happened to the guys who did it.
“As some celebrate the election of a new president understand the real problem have [sic] not changed. If I didn’t tell those incompetent officers that I was a LSU football player there’s no telling if I would’ve been here to tell the story! Yesterday wasn’t a victory for America it was only a distraction.”
The incident is being investigated by LSU and the Baton Rouge Police, which has placed the three officers involved on paid administrative leave.
“We appreciate Mr. Moore bringing this incident to our attention,” Baton Rouge police chief Murphy Paul said in a statement. “As in every case, we will be collecting all available evidence and conducting interviews. Accountability and transparency are critical in building trust with the community. I pledge a thorough investigation into this complaint.”
LSU coach Ed Orgeron also released a statement regarding the incident, noting that Moore’s brother was with the receiver at the time.
“We have to listen, learn and come together to combat social injustice and racism if we are to create a safer and more equitable society for all people,” Oregeron said. “I met with Koy and his mom this morning to find out what was going on. His brother was also involved.”
LSU players were among countless nationwide to participate in the social justice movement in August, holding a protest march after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers.