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Louisiana’s police training task force holds first meeting

By: - August 6, 2020 2:19 pm

The Louisiana Senate’s police training task force held its first meeting Thursday at the Louisiana State Capitol.

The 25-member panel, officially dubbed the Police Training, Screening, and De-escalation Task Force, is the brainchild of Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, who introduced he idea in the wake of national outcry at the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis.

Thursday’s meeting included the election of Fields as chairman of the task force and the assignment of four subcommittees, each comprised of six members.

The subcommittees include finance, policy and oversight, training and education, and community relations and internal operations. They are chaired by Sen. Mark Abraham, R-Lake Charles; Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge; Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; and Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, respectively.

The subcommittees are scheduled to make recommendations to the task force by Nov. 7. The task force will then debate, finalize and submit recommendations to the legislature by Feb. 1, 2021. 

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the following 22 years since then, he has worked as a journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. Much of his work has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and watchdog coverage of municipal and state government. He has received several honors and recognitions, including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper, and an adjunct English teacher at Baton Rouge Community College. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his teenage son and his wife, who is also a journalist.