police brutality

Derek Chauvin trial expert calls Hammond police use of force among ‘most abusive’ he’s seen

BY: - January 27, 2022

Council members have renewed talk of calling on Mayor Pete Panepinto to fire Police Chief Edwin Bergeron, who was a sergeant at the time and one of the officers in the video.

Louisiana State Police second-in-command placed on leave for ‘sanitizing’ cell phone

State senators push policy changes to add accountability for Louisiana State Police

BY: - January 24, 2022

The leader of the oversight body for Louisiana State Police said it will consider policy changes in response to recent allegations of troopers using excessive force. The Louisiana State Police Commission will look at its rules for body-worn cameras, placing troopers on probation and how incidents involving state police are reported, commission chairman Eulius Simien […]

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Louisiana State Police detective says he was targeted after Ronald Greene investigation

BY: - December 13, 2021

A Louisiana State Police detective said that he was targeted by other state police officials after he refused to go along with an alleged “coverup”– possibly of the death of motorist Ronald Greene at the hands of state troopers.  “I said I’m being investigated because I won’t participate in a coverup, I won’t hide evidence […]

Louisiana State Police second-in-command placed on leave for ‘sanitizing’ cell phone

Louisiana State Police to hire outside firm to review backlog of body-camera footage

BY: - December 6, 2021

The Louisiana State Police is planning to hire a third-party firm to continue the review of thousands of hours of dashboard and body-camera footage that a seven-member panel of troopers began this summer before being disbanded. State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis discussed the plan Monday at the inaugural meeting of the state Senate Select […]

Louisiana senators to hold inaugural meeting of State Police Oversight Committee

Louisiana senators to hold inaugural meeting of State Police Oversight Committee

BY: - December 3, 2021

A special state Senate committee will meet Monday to review oversight of excessive force incidents and develop new proposals for reforms within the Louisiana State Police.  The Senate Select Committee on State Police Oversight was created in October in response to requests from senators concerned over several high-profile incidents of troopers using excessive force within the […]

Louisiana senators to hold inaugural meeting of State Police Oversight Committee

Louisiana State Police employee on leave after alleged misconduct at LSU

BY: - October 6, 2021

A Louisiana State Police employee was placed on administrative leave last week due to allegations of misconduct while the employee was working with Louisiana State University. The agency made the announcement Wednesday in a press release that provided no details as to the nature of the complaint nor the identity of the employee, saying further […]

Louisiana state police address the public after new allegations of police brutality

BY: - September 10, 2021

Creating a more diverse workforce, increasing consequences for abuse of power and new implicit bias training are the main steps State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis is focusing on, he said at a Friday press conference, as the agency tries to regain the public’s trust after months of media reports alleging the State Police routinely […]

COMMENTARY

Republicans and Democrats accuse each other of ‘defunding the police’ | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - July 14, 2021

“Defund the police”– a rallying cry during the 2020 protests following the unwarranted deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police – is now a congressional football that  Democrats and Republicans keep throwing up as Hail Mary passes without anyone scoring a touchdown.   First, Republicans accused Democrats of embracing “defund […]

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 […]

Black Caucus asks feds to launch full-scale investigation of Louisiana State Police

BY: - July 6, 2021

Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus leaders announced Tuesday that they will be sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice to request a “top-to-bottom” investigation of Louisiana State Police following a series of high-profile beatings of Black motorists and alleged coverups within the state’s top law enforcement agency, Rep. Ted James, the Baton Rouge Democrat […]

Gov. Edwards downplays cover-up allegations in Ronald Greene case

Several police reforms expected despite failure of qualified immunity bill

BY: - June 11, 2021

With the 2021 Regular Legislative Session finished, Louisiana might soon benefit from several police reform bills that lawmakers passed this year even though Republican Senators killed the most critical piece of legislation proposed by the police reform task force — a bill that would have limited qualified immunity. House Bill 609, sponsored by Rep. Edmond […]

Police officers could get whistleblower protection for reporting misconduct

La. Republicans block qualified immunity bill, setting aside months of bipartisan work

BY: - June 1, 2021

Republicans in a Louisiana Senate committee on Tuesday blocked Rep. Edmond Jordan’s bill to limit qualified immunity for police officers whose conduct is deemed unreasonable — the legislature’s most critical police reform measure and one that was crafted over the last year by a bipartisan panel that included dozens of experts across multiple fields.  House […]