Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus speaking about ‘restoring public trust’ in the Louisiana State Police

Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus is holding a news conference on Tuesday, July 6 at 11 a.m.

The news conference is going to focus on “ongoing controversies with the Louisiana State Police Department and the next steps to restore public trust,” according to the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

Below are highlights from the news conference:

  • Rep. Ted James says in the last 10 months a task force was formed after George Floyd died to make sure legislation is passed to help fix the issue.
  • When an officer sees another officer acting outside the law they now have a duty to intervene. No knock warrants and chokeholds are not allowed Fields says.
  • Rep. Ted James notes there is new leadership in the Louisiana State Police and the changes being made should be recognized.
  • Rep. James says they are sending a letter to AG Merrick Garland launch a full investigation into the Louisiana State Police.
  • The letter highlights the pattern of practice in the agency and any violations of rights. They will meet with community stakeholders and do a “top to bottom investigation” they then will give a report to the state.

In May of this year, one of those controversies was addressed by the Louisiana State Police with the release of all body-cam footage relating to the Ronald Greene investigation.

The news conference is taking place inside the Louisiana State Capitol.

We will stream the news conference in the video player above.

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