Stephanie Ford spoke out on Tuesday about a police float in Baton Rouge’s Spanish Town parade that poked fun at the alleged abusive relationship she had with her father, accused child rapist Will Hayden.
Ford, who starred alongside Hayden on the reality TV show “Sons of Guns,” said she will be taking legal action against the police officers responsible for the float, which included a unflattering photo of Ford with the caption, “A face only a dady (sic) could love.”
“It’s a major step back for victims of sexual abuse,” explained Ford to WAFB. “There are so many girls out there who have been hurt and they are terrified to come forward.”
“I’m doing this [taking legal action] because it was really wrong, and because if it’s okay this time, they’ll think it’s okay again,” she added.
The officers who pulled the float have been identified as Douglas Atkins, Byron Fontenot, and Donald Young. Currently, all three hold the rank of Sergeant with the force and one, Young, used to work in the sex crimes division of the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Internal Affairs is investigating the matter. So far, no one involved in the incident has been punished.
“There are policy violations that may have occurred. That is part of the investigation. If there are any violations proven from that point then we will handle that accordingly. That could range from a letter of reprimand to a suspension,” said Chief Carl Dabadie.
Investigators should wrap up the probe within 60 days.