HPD's internal investigation turned over to district attorney

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An internal investigation at the Hattiesburg Police Department is now in the hands of the district attorney.

Chief Frazier Bolton was called before the city council Monday evening to discuss the investigation, but he only spoke about how it was handled. Bolton said policies were violated and action has been taken.

Four officers have resigned and another has been suspended. The investigation stems from  the missing of $3,500 from a police seizure that was to be used as evidence.

The district attorney's office will decide if this becomes a criminal matter.

"If an outside agency is needed to come in and look at it also, that will be done. At this point I don't have any details. I can't give you any further information, but I can assure you that we are going to look into it also in our office," said District Attorney Patricia Burchell.

"At the end of the day, there were some bad apples. Those bad apples have now been taken out of the barrel and the good men and women of the Hattiesburg Police Department will go out and do their jobs and know that the people, the citizens of Hattiesburg are behind them," said Ward Four Councilman Dave Ware.

This is the second time in about 3 months HPD has seen an internal investigation. Back in August, ten people were charged with breaking into HPD and stealing evidence. Three were city employees.

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