Former Bay P.D. chief to serve as assistant chief in the Pass
By Stacey Cato
Nov 10, 2017, 22:44
In a 3-2 vote at Tuesday's Board of Alderman meeting, Pass Christian city leaders voted to hire Daren Freeman as their new deputy police chief.
Alderwoman Regina Charlot and Alderman Anthony Hall both voted against the decision, citing a to lack of background information from the city. Freeman, who served 23 years with the Mississippi Highway Patrol heading up the Internal Affairs Division, was recently the center of controversy.
,Freeman resigned as chief of police at the Bay St. Louis Police Department earlier this year amid allegations he had used excessive force during an arrest.
The alleged incident happened in May 2017. Bay St. Louis Mayor Mike Favre said a the time he was not aware of the incident or any video footage until he was contacted by the Hancock County Sheriffs Office later in September.
“I've seen the footage, it shows the chief restraining the suspect during the arrest,” Favre said.
The video was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
At least one law enforcement official who has seen the video said under the condition of anonymity that Freemen did not appear to use excessive force. Officials could not confirm by press time whether the investigation was still open
Freeman, who previously resided in Pass Christian, said he is very excited to begin his new career with the department. “It's a blessing,” Freeman said. “My family and I love the people of the Pass and we're looking forward to being a part of the community again.”
Freeman said he is moving forward from the allegations against him. He also praised the officers he once served.
“The men and women did so well under my authority. I am proud of the officers at the Bay St. Louis Department and the progress that has been made.”
The city says Freeman has completed all Civil Service requirements and the position will have a one year probationary period as requested by Police Chief Hendricks.