police brutality

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 […]

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

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 […]

Special redistricting session appears on after 5th Circuit removes stay

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. […]

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

State trooper arrested in connection with brutality investigation

BY: - December 10, 2020

The Louisiana State Police has arrested one of its own troopers, the son of the agency’s second-in-command after an investigation into a 2019 incident in Ouachita Parish. Jacob Brown, 30, was booked Thursday and faces charges of aggravated second-degree battery and malfeasance in office. Brown is the son of State Police Assistant Superintendent and Chief […]

Police officers could get whistleblower protection for reporting misconduct

Who should investigate La. State Police if the agency is ever barred from investigating itself?

BY: - November 11, 2020

Should the Louisiana State Police continue to be allowed to investigate itself? Should police officers be allowed to turn off their body cameras at their own discretion? Members of the Louisiana Legislature’s police reform task force on Tuesday debated those questions with newly-appointed State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis. The task force’s Policy and Oversight […]

Police officers could get whistleblower protection for reporting misconduct

In Alton Sterling protest case, Supreme Court vacates Fifth Circuit ruling

BY: - November 2, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said a Baton Rouge police officer can sue a protest leader for the actions of another protester during demonstrations in Baton Rouge in 2016.  That unidentified protester struck the officer with a “piece of concrete or a similar rock-like object” […]

Louisiana State Police chief retires amid scandals

BY: - October 27, 2020

The head of Louisiana State Police, Superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves, will retire at the end of this week. The 30-year veteran will leave an agency that has been embroiled in scandals for several years.  The governor said he plans to name Reeves’ successor in the coming days. The announcement comes on the heels of revelations […]

Report: Gov. Edwards lets family see video of troopers beating Black man who died

BY: - October 17, 2020

The family of a Black man killed by a Louisiana state trooper met with Gov. John Bel Edwards Wednesday to view long-secret body-camera footage, according to The Associated Press.  The news service quotes the family’s attorney who says the dead man’s mother and sister cried loudly “like they were at a funeral” when they finally […]

Family of Black man killed by Lafayette police complain of information ‘kept under the rug’

BY: - October 5, 2020

The family of Trayford Pellerin, the 31-year-old Black man who was fatally shot 10 times by Lafayette police on Aug. 21, spoke to the public in a virtual town hall Thursday hosted by the ACLU of Louisiana. They shared new details about Pellerin’s mental health and the status of the family’s lawsuit against the city. […]