police reform

Louisiana enacts new law to protect police whistleblowers

Louisiana enacts new law to protect police whistleblowers

BY: - June 23, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill to protect police whistleblowers from retaliation. House Bill 745, by Rep. Kyle Green, D-Marrero, received unanimous support in both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature. The proposal underwent amendments that weakened it from its original version.  Louisiana attempts to crack down on problem cops The final […]

Feds launch civil rights investigation into Louisiana State Police

Feds launch civil rights investigation into Louisiana State Police

BY: - June 9, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation into the Louisiana State Police to determine if a “pattern or practice” of abusive unconstitutional policing exists within the agency, federal authorities announced Thursday in Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus and the ACLU of Louisiana requested the federal investigation last July after […]

Voters will decide on giving Senate power over governor's nominees to State Police, Civil Service commissions

State Police Commission nominees would have to clear Senate under proposed amendment

BY: - June 5, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature passed two proposed constitutional amendments Sunday that would give the state Senate power to confirm or reject the governor’s appointments to the State Police Commission and Civil Service Commission. Senate Bill 75 and Senate Bill 160, both sponsored by Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, received overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers. They will […]

Proposed rules would force Louisiana assessors’ hands on pending tax breaks

Louisiana attempts to crack down on problem cops

BY: - June 2, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature approved bills Wednesday to prevent rogue officers from escaping accountability and protect police whistleblowers from retaliation. Law enforcement reform has been a priority for the Legislative Black Caucus since the deadly beating of Black motorist Ronald Greene came to light two years ago, preceded by the 2018 shooting death of Alton Sterling […]

Police officers could get whistleblower protection for reporting misconduct

Police officers could get whistleblower protection for reporting malfeasance

BY: - May 31, 2022

A state Senate committee advanced legislation Tuesday that would provide whistleblower protections for police officers in Louisiana who report the malfeasance of other officers.  House Bill 745, sponsored by Rep. Kyle Green, D-Marrero, cleared the Senate Judiciary B Committee without opposition and next heads to the Senate floor for consideration. The bill has so far […]

Senate wants final say on governor’s picks for State Police, Civil Service commissions

Senate wants final say on governor’s picks for State Police, Civil Service commissions

BY: - May 19, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers advanced two proposed constitutional amendments Wednesday that would give the Senate more power over gubernatorial appointments to the State Police Commission and Civil Service Commission. Senate Bill 75 and Senate Bill 160, both sponsored by Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, would amend the Louisiana Constitution to require Senate confirmation of anyone the governor appoints […]

Lawmakers seek contempt charge for former State Police leader in Ronald Greene case

Lawmakers seek contempt charge for former State Police leader in Ronald Greene case

BY: - May 11, 2022

Lawmakers investigating the death of Ronald Greene in Louisiana State Police custody advanced a resolution Wednesday to hold the agency’s former leader in contempt of the Legislature for failing to provide personal records in connection with the case. A special House committee investigating how Greene’s death was handled has ordered retired Col. Kevin Reeves to […]

Proposal would prevent rogue police from keeping badge

Proposal would prevent rogue police from keeping badge

BY: - April 13, 2022

A police officer who causes someone’s death or serious injury while violating their civil rights can be dismissed from their job, but there’s nothing in Louisiana law that prevents rogue officers from being hired by another department. In fact, there’s nothing that compels their termination in the first place.   A bill making its way through […]

Former Louisiana State Police leader’s lack of info in Ronald Greene case frustrates lawmakers

BY: - March 15, 2022

A bipartisan committee of state lawmakers spent nearly three hours Tuesday pressing the former superintendent of Louisiana State Police about what he knew about the May 2019 death of Ronald Greene, a Black motorist, in the custody of troopers after a vehicle pursuit in north Louisiana. Col. Kevin Reeves retired in October 2020 with numerous […]

Education investment, bad cop accountability: 5 takeaways from the State of the State address

BY: - March 14, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ opened the 2022 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature with his annual State of the State address Monday. In his speech, the Democratic governor outlines his budget priorities to members of the Republican-majority statehouse. Louisiana finds itself flush with cash, thanks to unanticipated state tax revenue surpluses and a major infusion […]

Biden says answer to gun violence ‘is not to defund the police’

BY: - February 3, 2022

Biden seemed to take a swipe at progressive Democrats and activists who have criticized police misconduct. He suggests officers need "...the tools, the training, the funding to be partners, to be protectors...”

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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 […]