police reform

COMMENTARY

Anti ‘Defund the Police’ bill puts demagoguery over commitment to local governance

BY: - October 20, 2020

By Chris Kaiser Louisiana legislators have recently fast-tracked a bill – House Bill 38 – that would punish cities and parishes that reduce their police budgets by more than 10 percent. Nevermind that no municipality or parish in Louisiana has made any move to defund the police and that Louisianians face urgent challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Louisiana Lawmaker wants to make it more difficult to ‘Defund the Police’

BY: - September 29, 2020

State Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, has proposed legislation to withhold state construction dollars from higher education institutions and local governments who try to “defund the police”. If it became law, local governments and higher education institutions would be required to submit their law enforcement budgets to the Legislature’s joint budget committee by Nov. 30 each […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

Louisiana police reform task force looks to NOPD for training model

BY: - September 23, 2020

Members of the legislative Police Training and De-escalation Task Force met with two New Orleans Police officers on Tuesday to discuss a training program that requires officers to intervene when witnessing a colleague’s misconduct. The program recently received backing from Georgetown University’s law school and is being considered for statewide adoption.  NOPD Deputy Chief Paul […]

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

‘This is personal to me’: Scalise calls for more law and order on opening night of RNC

BY: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise made a case for Donald Trump as a law and order president who will bolster law enforcement, in remarks Monday at the opening night of the Republican National Convention. Scalise, the House minority whip and second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, was one of the prime-time speakers in […]

Press conference on NOPD consent decree

NOPD not a few bad apples but a ‘bad orchard,’ community group says

BY: - July 8, 2020

NEW ORLEANS — Leaders from the Community United for Change called on U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Wednesday to keep the  New Orleans Police Department bound to a federal consent decree and not give into the city’s pleas to end it now. The Police Department has been subject to the mandates in the consent […]

COMMENTARY

We can’t reform police departments if civil service boards tolerate abuse

BY: - July 3, 2020

Fr. Richard R. Andrus Jr., SVD The fact that Officer Robert Moruzzi continues to serve on the Baton Rouge Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board is a moral disgrace. In Louisiana, civil service boards hear appeals from police officers who have been disciplined for professional violations, including for using excessive force. I started paying […]

Cedric Richmond

Rep. Richmond slams Senate GOP’s ‘watered-down’ police reform bill

BY: and - June 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond — a leading voice on Capitol Hill for a major legislative overhaul that would address police brutality against people of color — backed his party’s efforts Wednesday to shut down debate on a GOP police reform bill. The bill — which Senate Democrats blocked in a procedural vote on […]