police reform

COMMENTARY

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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Louisiana Legislative Session 2021: What to expect

BY: - April 12, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature’s 2021 lawmaking session kicks off Monday, after a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated state policy and politics. Some COVID-19 restrictions will still remain in the Capitol during the lawmaking session. Visitors will be required to wear masks in the building. Seating in committee rooms for votes and debate on […]

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 […]

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. […]

Reform measure would dismantle ‘qualified immunity’ that shields bad police officers

BY: - February 22, 2021

A Louisiana House subcommittee will meet Tuesday to review 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. The House […]

New law requires summons instead of arrest for low-level crimes in New Orleans

BY: - December 18, 2020

New Orleans Police officers can no longer arrest people who commit low-level offenses and must instead issue them a court summons, according to a new ordinance adopted by the New Orleans City Council on Thursday. Council members unanimously approved the ordinance, which requires NOPD officers to issue a summons in lieu of making an arrest […]

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 […]

Republicans block qualified immunity reform

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 […]

Louisiana bill meant to prevent ‘Defund the Police’ efforts dies in the Louisiana Senate

BY: - October 24, 2020

The Louisiana Senate killed a bill meant to prevent local governments from “defunding the police” by not taking it up for a vote before the legislature ended its special session Friday. Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, stymied the proposal by conducting a short, 20-minute filibuster. “Sen. Luneau: Are you going to have the floor — are […]