police brutality

Legislation to reform ‘police officer bill of rights’ clears House committee

BY: - April 30, 2021

A police reform bill that would change some aspects of Louisiana’s so-called “police officer bill of rights” to make internal affairs investigations more effective cleared the Louisiana House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. House Bill 430, sponsored by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, would change parts of the officer bill of rights with regards to internal […]

Louisiana police reform bill passes Senate committee

BY: - April 28, 2021

A bill from the Louisiana Legislature’s police reform task force cleared a Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday with proposals regarding chokeholds, search warrants, and other issues. Senate Bill 34, sponsored by Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, advanced out of the Senate Committee on Judiciary B without objection Tuesday. The bill comprises several statutory reforms recommended […]

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Derek Chauvin verdict is not justice, it’s accountability — and we need more | Trish Zornio

BY: - April 26, 2021

It took about 10 hours for a jury to convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, but we should not conflate the win with justice — this was accountability, and we need more of it. A stark reminder of the work yet to be done came when moments after the jury […]

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The tireless protesting that followed the murder of George Floyd should give us hope | Shawn Anglim & Kahlida Lloyd

BY: and - April 22, 2021

As we write this on Tuesday, April 20, we are filled with many emotions — and even an emptiness.  We have a feeling of relief that there was a just verdict in the State of Minnesota’s case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. A jury convicted Chauvin of three counts — second-degree murder, third-degree […]

Chauvin verdict: Guilty on 3 charges in George Floyd’s death

BY: - April 20, 2021

The jury has spoken, and found Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd. The former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes while he was handcuffed and face down on the pavement at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue last May.  Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder; guilty […]

Republicans block qualified immunity reform

La. residents believe police treat Black people worse, LSU survey finds

BY: - April 9, 2021

Most Louisiana residents believe police treat Black people worse and less fairly than they treat White people, and an overwhelming majority approve of the state’s 2016 expansion of Medicaid and last year’s expansion of unemployment benefits, according to the fourth of five reports of the 2021 Louisiana Survey released Thursday by LSU’s Public Policy Research […]

George Floyd’s girlfriend takes the stand; Chauvin’s supervisor says restraint should have stopped sooner

BY: - April 2, 2021

The fourth day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial revolved around George Floyd’s drug use and two paramedics’ conclusion that Floyd was dead by the time their ambulance arrived on the scene at Cup Foods. Takeaways from the trial Thursday: Floyd’s girlfriend acknowledges their opioid addiction George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, 45, gave jurors a […]

Cup Foods clerk regrets 911 call on George Floyd; Chauvin body cam footage played in third day of trial

BY: - April 1, 2021

During the third day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder and manslaughter, the jury saw more videos from virtually every angle of the day George Floyd died in south Minneapolis. They heard from the 19-year-old clerk who sold Floyd cigarettes, and an elderly Black man who pleaded with Floyd while he was pinned […]

Chauvin trial Day 2 takeaways: “I believe I witnessed a murder.”

BY: - March 31, 2021

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with murder and manslaughter in the May 25 death of George Floyd, continued Tuesday, with testimony from six witnesses.  Here are six takeaways from the trial Tuesday:  Vocal witness: “I wasn’t being heard”  Donald Williams II, a mixed martial arts fighter and the most vocal […]

Chauvin trial begins with opening statements focused on cause of death, police training

BY: - March 29, 2021

Attorneys in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin laid out their case on Monday before 14 jurors who will decide if Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25. The opening statements from the prosecution and defense indicate the trial will hinge on […]

Trooper who struck Black man 18 times with flashlight resigns three months after arrest

BY: - March 12, 2021

A Louisiana State Police trooper charged in multiple police brutality incidents resigned from his job with the agency on Wednesday, three months after his arrest for striking a Black man 18 times with a reinforced tactical flashlight and then, according to the arrest warrant, covering it up by falsifying reports. Jacob Brown who was previously […]

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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. […]