Police fire officer accused of falsifying documents

The Baton Rouge Police Department fired officer Derek Jason Burns on Friday afternoon for “violations of policy and procedure,” a Police Department spokesman said.

Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said Burns, 29, was fired after an internal investigation stemming from his Sept. 6 arrest in which he is accused of falsifying four misdemeanor summons. He was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on four counts each of injuring public records, forgery and malfeasance in office.

Burns issued the four false summonses between June 6 and June 26 to three people without their knowledge, an arrest warrant said. The victims told investigators they had never come into contact with Burns and never signed the misdemeanor summonses.

The summonses were sent to a certified forensic document examiner, who concluded all four signatures were written by Burns, the warrant said.

During the Police Department’s subsequent investigation, investigators found that Burns falsified another misdemeanor summons March 21, a warrant says.

Burns had been with the Police Department for six years and worked in the prisoner processing unit.