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Monroe Courthouse

In 1960 Louisiana, Black victim — not white shooter — convicted of a crime

BY: and - September 8, 2021

This story was produced by Manship News Service at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. It is the third story in a four-part series from the LSU Cold Case Project. You can read the first story in this series here and the second story in this series here.  More than six decades ago a […]

Sam Brooks

Louisiana was home to one of the most horrific killings of the civil rights era in 1960

BY: - August 25, 2021

This story was produced by the Manship News Service at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. It is the second story in a four-part series from the LSU Cold Case Project. To read the first installment in this series, please go here.  MONROE, La.–In the rural neighborhood around Ticheli Road, the sound of multiple […]

In Louisiana, four Black men were shot to death in 1960. The white shooter claimed self-defense.

BY: - August 18, 2021

This story was produced by the Manship News Service at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. It is the first story in a four-part series from the LSU Cold Case Project.  During the 1950s in northeast Louisiana, future Klansman Robert Fuller was a familiar face to law enforcement. He lived on the outskirts of […]

New police reforms coming to Louisiana

BY: - July 7, 2021

Law enforcement agencies in Louisiana will soon implement several police reforms Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law after the 2021 regular session. However, during that same session, the Louisiana Legislature killed the most significant piece of legislation proposed by the Legislature’s police reform task force: a bill that would have limited qualified immunity. That […]

Ronald Greene’s family will ‘not stop fighting for justice,’ advocate says

BY: - May 27, 2021

Surviving family members and other advocates for Ronald Greene, who died in the custody of Louisiana State Police officers in May 2019, rallied on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge Thursday. They demanded that authorities take immediate action against the officers involved in Greene’s death now that a video showing some of […]

Republicans block qualified immunity reform

Qualified immunity police reform clears early hurdle in House

BY: - May 3, 2021

A bill that would dismantle qualified immunity for police officers, a critical component of the Louisiana Legislature’s police reform agenda, advanced out of the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure on Monday. It will head to the House floor for debate. House Bill 609, co-authored by Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, Rep. Tony Bacala, […]

Courtroom Gavel

Subcommittee supports reform measure to dismantle ‘qualified immunity’ shield for bad police officers

BY: - February 23, 2021

A Louisiana House subcommittee on Tuesday voted to support a police-reform recommendation that would dismantle the qualified immunity that blocks lawsuits against police officers who wrongfully kill or injure citizens. It is perhaps the most critical of the 18 recommendations being submitted by the legislature’s Police Training, Screening and De-escalation Task Force chaired by Sen. […]

Feds investigating Louisiana’s practice of keeping people in prison after their sentences are up

BY: - December 5, 2020

The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into the Louisiana prison system’s longstanding practice of keeping prisoners confined to jail for varying lengths of time past their release date.   William Most, a New Orleans attorney representing clients who say they were locked up longer than the law allows, claimed in a lawsuit filed in […]

Civil Rights hero John Lewis changed America making ‘good trouble’

BY: - July 18, 2020

Civil Rights icon and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who advocated for change through nonviolence, died late Friday night at the age of 80. The Georgia Democrat was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in late December. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed his death, saying the country had lost “one of the greatest heroes of […]