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Play Button  Extra - Policing the Police - Fabian Blache, Director of the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police, details who polices law enforcement.
Play Button  Extra - No Respect - Fabian Blache, Director of the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police, explains what police have to fear.
Play Button  Extra - Community Policing - Fabian Blache, Director of the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police, describes how Community Policing works.
Play Button  Extra - Grand Jury Process - Marjorie Esman with Louisiana’s ACLU touches on concerns she has with the current grand jury process
Play Button  Extra - Racial Profiling Loophole - Marjorie Esman with Louisiana’s ACLU describes what she sees as a major problem with the state’s anti-profiling law.
Play Button  Extra - Police Protections - Marjorie Esman with Louisiana’s ACLU explains why courts find it difficult to convict police of murder.
Play Button  Extra - Really Need To Be Transparent - Carl Redman, former editor for The Advocate, explains what is often the mentality of government agencies re information.
Play Button  Extra - No Way To Know - Carl Redman, former editor for The Advocate, says and BRPD Internal Affairs report leaves some unanswered questions.
Play Button  Extra - Dialogue on Race - Maxine Crump explains what her “Dialogue on Race” series is about.
Play Button  Extra - If You Want The Truth - Maxine Crump with “Dialogue on Race Louisiana” says discussions need to dig deeper to reveal solutions.
Play Button  Extra - The Ping Pong Effect - Community activist Byron Washington explains how tensions tend to escalate between blacks and members of law enforcement.

01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

In September, the U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old New Iberia black man that local officials say shot himself in the chest while handcuffed in an Iberia Parish Sheriff’s vehicle. The New Orleans Police Department is currently under a Department of Justice Consent Decree for civil rights violations. These events and recent others in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York have raised questions about the tactics that law enforcement officers use in their interactions with the public, particularly African-Americans.

So, who polices the police in Louisiana? Is the mistrust of law enforcement by the black community justified? When, if ever, is racial profiling okay? What is the difference between “reasonable” and “excessive” force? And can community policing change perceptions among the police and the public they serve?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Louisiana After Ferguson” Wednesday, January 28 at 7 pm on LPB HD.


The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. The disputed circumstances of the shooting and the resultant protests sparked a vigorous debate about law enforcement's relationship with African-Americans.

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In order to get clear facts on how to handle this issue is by talking to the very people this effect.  Talking to Chief of police or DA or professors do not give you the actual truth about what is happening and how it should be resolved.  There are no regular citizens on your panel. What do they know about race relations if they are part of the problem?  Police officers are not held accountable for the most part. There is too much cover up and protection for them when they are caught. Imagine when they are not caught… they get away with murder. There are too many criminals wearing a badage.

Posted by Diane Coleman  on  01/28  at  12:55 PM

Ms. Coleman,
I encourage you to tune in tonight then give us your feedback. We have “regular citizens” well represented in our audience. Our 4 panelists are citizens who bring different and statewide perspectives on the issue.  They include the NAACP Louisiana president; a law professor who has written widely in the area of constitutional law, race relations, and legal history; the president of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and a police chief.

Posted by Louisiana Public Square  on  01/28  at  03:21 PM

Police have a license to kill. It is not a racial issue, it is a blue/nonblue issue.

Posted by Nicky  on  01/28  at  08:36 PM

Here is a solution.  Start raising your children and stop making excuses.  Nobody wants to hear excuses.  No matter the color, disobey the police and expect consequences.  Take personal responsibility for you and your families conduct. How about this:  Go to school, stay in school and get a job.  Don’t wander the streets. Don’t make excuses.

Posted by Bill  on  01/28  at  09:00 PM

OK, Watched the program. I have the same opinion I had before the program. Just I as I thought, there was lots of back and forth about what is happening. Hillar Moore said if you are having a problem, go straight to the top. Well, as a citizen, we have tried going to the top. No one at the top would speak to me or my family. They get on TV to make believe they are so interested in solving problems, this is not true! They want to appear as though they are interested. Behind closed doors they continue to do the same that has always been done.

I could not believe what I was hearing when the grandfather said he has to have the talk with his son and grandson about how to behave. Sarah came back and said as a white girl, she never had to have that conversation with her parents. Why then, I ask is it necessary to have the talk because you are black? That within itself tells you something is wrong. Why must blacks be so afraid? Because… police and others in law enforcement profile and target practice and tase and choke and shoot and what ever they want to do. They know they will get away with it ... with pay!. No I do not trust them.

Posted by Diane Coleman  on  01/28  at  09:11 PM

I have been a big fan of your program. Last night’s rebroadcast blew my mind. How did you find so many naive people. A cursory investigation would have shown you that there have been close to zero unjustified police shootings in the US in recent history. New York City has paid out over $400,000,000 in the past ten years. I am a Caucasian male and I am terrified of law enforcement. When you are stopped by the cops,they have all the power and no accountability. It used to be that you only had to obey a lawful ordr from cops. Now, by their definition, any command is lawful. Anyone who has any other opinion has nt had any dealings with law enforcement on the side of a road. You should look at it from an economic standpoint. It is not Black-White, it is a money-no money issue. OJ Simpson.

Posted by Nicky  on  01/29  at  09:29 AM

I appreciate your reply.

In your regular citizens , do you have any one that have been victims?
Do you have anyone that have issues and tried for 2 1/2 years to meet with DA to no avail?
I cannot get NAACP to return a call. They are totally useless until it is time to go on TV programs such as yours.
Law professor who has written in the area of constitutional law cannot enforce it. As I said before, some of the wrong people have badges. They are not screened well enough through Oxford Capacity Analysis.
My concerns are not just opinions, they are facts.
I will watch tonight and give you my feedback again.

Posted by Diane  on  01/29  at  10:55 AM

Watched the show last night—appreciated all comments and dialogue and admire each one doing so.  My observation (mostly) was that the white professionals took the obvious white side and the black professionals, likewise, the black side on most topics - one black stood out as the most professional of the groups and I could see it was very difficult for him to take a side because he saw both sides.  I believe the topic mostly got lost in the culture of it, even though Shaundra tried very hard to keep the topic on the topic.  I do agree with the white lady (or maybe she was actually black - I don’t know) - that never have I looked at the world from my whiteness - everyday having to defend my whiteness—I deeply agree that every black in the country must do so—every day of their life—and how difficult that must be.  I don’t have a solution in mind but I’m glad the discussion is happening.  I will add one opinion—when protesters and marchers get out of hand—i.e. breaking into businesses and looting, etc.—it is time for the militarization of our police forces.

Posted by Jeanie Champagne  on  01/29  at  12:18 PM

In reply to “Bill”, I did go to school, my kids went to school, college, military, etc. None of that made a difference. Maybe you should go back to school if you ever did go and learn a few things.

My sons have great accomplishments, college degrees , one can even fly a plane, can you? One designed a computer chips to design a robot to search under ground for earthquake victims. One scored so high on military entrance exam, they requested he take it again for fear that he some how cheated. He took it again and low and behold he scored 2 points higher this time, WOW! None of that matters Bill, he is still black and he is still discriminated against by police. Wake up and stop prentending you don’t know this is happening. Pull you head out of the sand or out of some where.

Posted by Diane  on  01/29  at  12:18 PM

If you watched the looting, burning and rioting I don’t see what the police had to do with any of this. All these arguments suggest that the police force is rotten and they go after innocent black people. The only reason these two cases went global are the fact that the President and Attorney General condemned the police before they knew anything about the problem. The police was found innocent, and the Attorney General conducted an investigation and could find nothing but offered no apology for his error.
So the police is not the problem in this case.
You painted a picture that the victim was innocent and the police was the criminal to get sympathy for the colored people while the victim was a punk who had just robbed a convenience store and the police killed him in self defense and was.

Posted by Ray Broussard  on  01/29  at  07:29 PM

More Self Dignity
  Firstly, citizens of this state and country are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  Therefore, citizens must see themselves as free and dignified members of this society even when confronted by police.  Review this show online and count all of the statements made that assumed the suspect was already a criminal simply because the police have a hunch or a suspicion.  This is an unpatriotic way for Americans to see themselves.

  I believe that we are so desperate for security that we sacrifice first our legal protections from militarized police and then we sacrifice our dignity as human beings.  “Just restrain yourself and don’t excite them” is advice an abused person would give after they have learned helplessness as a way of life.  It is good advice only because of the condition of our society.  We are perceiving ourselves as downtrodden, lost or in danger.  And so we tolerate, submit to and now vote for abuses of authority.  Too many blacks act out violently against each other;  too many whites are willfully blind to the root cause— the loss of our dignity as human beings.

  Help all of our citizens have more self-respect (blacks) and freedom from fear (whites) by holding the self-esteem of the poorest people above protecting property and the economy.  If we all were educated and enlightened enough to serve and protect our human dignity, then in time, the trust will grow and then police will need more non-lethal weapons.  Police and citizens must mutually respect each other’s dignity in order to go forward.

Posted by Joseph  on  01/30  at  01:05 AM

I am a citizen of Louisiana. I am very much in favor of having a special prosecutor involved in cases was asked questions about the conduct of an officer involved in the shooting. I think that there should be a special prosecutor involved in cases of this nature. We know that the District Attorney’s Office is in constant contact with police officers, and their actions in cases of this nature can be presumed to be questionable. Therefore the only reasonable solution is to have a special prosecutor investigate and if necessary prosecute the offense and not done by someone involved with the police department thank you very much

Posted by James Mc Duffey  on  02/02  at  10:46 AM

My name is James McDuffie. I live and reside in Shreveport Louisiana, writing today to make a suggestion about the Louisiana hiring procedures for police officers. It seems to be normal procedure to hire young man ages 19 and up. I believe that this is done in error, not that all young men are bad but in my opinion too young to handle such authority. The maturity of the young man that we hire on our police department should play a major role in whether or not we put a gun in their hands and tell them to police society when we know in fact that these young man are not very mature. I think the starting age firing a police officer should be no less than 27 or 28. This is an age where maturity starts to set in and we can be more assured that they will make sound decisions when interacting with our citizens. Thank you

Posted by James Mc Duffey  on  02/02  at  10:49 AM
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