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Shreveport Fire Department timeline of misconduct

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

The story broke on August 2nd with the arrest of Shreveport Fire Captain Derrick Harris. Harris is accused of cruelty to the infirm and principal to prostitution.

Since then, four more firefighters from station 8 have been arrested, two more are on administrative leave and just last Thursday, a firefighter paramedic was arrested on unrelated charges. It can be a lot to keep up with but this whole story started months maybe even years before.

According to the Shreveport Fire Department's own timeline, a station 8 employee reported alleged misconduct on June 25, 2013. Court documents allege members of the station 8 A-shift bought a prostitute for a mentally disabled man and also report that he and another mentally disabled man were the subject of "hazing" for a period of years.

The next day, on June 26, five firefighters were informed that there would be an internal investigation; a sixth was notified on July 10. On July 29th, the police chief was made aware of the investigation and on July 30th this information was sent to the Shreveport Fire Department Internal Affairs while Fire Chief Craig Mulford met with Shreveport Police and the FBI. The next day, the Shreveport Police Department began its own criminal investigation.

On August 2nd, the story broke. Shreveport Fire Captain Derrick Harris was arrested on charges of cruelty to the infirm and principal to prostitution. The same charges were filed against Clint Richardson on August 5th and Billy Glass on August 6th. After Glass' arrest, Fire Chief Craig Mulford held his first and only press conference on the case.

"All the individuals involved have a right to due process and in particular our firefighters" said Mulford.

On the 13th of August, a fourth firefighter, Jason Vaughan, reported to Caddo Correctional Center for the same charges as Harris, Richardson and Glass.

Attorney's for the accused say their clients had a friendly relationship with the alleged victims; not an abusive one.

On August 15th, Shreveport Fire Captain Randy Chandler, turned himself in on just one charge; cruelty to the infirm. That night, we learned a sixth Shreveport Fire Department employee, 26 year-old Michael Keener was arrested and charged with one count of malfeasance in office and one count of prohibited acts all schedules. Shreveport Police say the Atlanta, Texas resident stole narcotics while working with the Shreveport Fire Department station 17. KTBS 3 News learned that Keener worked with at least one other ambulance company while these alleged acts occurred and that company says that Keener no long works there.

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