Monday, October 24, 2016
The Baton Rouge Police Department is one of the most frequent topics on the mayoral campaign trail, with citizens and forum moderators asking how the parish's prospective leaders will heal the deep divides between residents and police that caught …
Thursday, October 20, 2016
After a tumultuous summer and national outcry about police unnecessarily harming citizens, the Baton Rouge Police Department is considering creating a use-of-force committee with a possible citizen member, Chief Carl Dabadie said Thursday.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Law enforcement agencies in Baton Rouge may be hit with a third lawsuit over their handling of street protests following the July 5 shooting death of Alton Sterling, a black man, by a white police officer.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
A new foundation is buying protective gear for officers and supporting families of lawmen in the Baton Rouge area, with at least $110,000 already pledged and nearly $70,000 from the fund spent last month on items such as gas masks, batons, shields…
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The Metro Council once again stalled taking action on Baton Rouge Police Department reforms Wednesday, kicking back the controversial proposals for 30 days until after elections on November 8.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Federal authorities announced Tuesday that the criminal investigation into the death of Alton Sterling — a Baton Rouge man who was shot dead by a police officer on July 5 — is a "top priority" and is still underway, but that there's no timetable f…
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel is not letting up on her attempts to usher in policy changes for the Baton Rouge Police Department despite her past pushes being met with opposition from other political and police leaders.
Friday, October 07, 2016
Settlement talks that one attorney described as "fruitful" could resolve a lawsuit Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and others filed against the city of Baton Rouge over their arrests during protests of a deadly police shooting.
Friday, September 30, 2016
A Louisiana state representative is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to be more open about its investigation into the killing in July of Baton Rouge resident Alton Sterling at the hands of local police.
Friday, September 30, 2016
In a response to the racially charged tragedies that rocked Baton Rouge this past summer, LSU is hosting a two-day symposium to discuss the impact that the shootings had on race relations, the media and the democratic process.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The cellphone videos of the July 5 confrontation that left Alton Sterling dead in the Triple S Food Mart parking lot are graphic, showing a Baton Rouge policeman kneeling on top of him open fire from point-blank range.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
For the third time this summer, Baton Rouge's mayor-president race has a new issue at its forefront as residents look to rebuild from recent flooding and search for a vision of how the city-parish can heal after multiple tragedies over a short time span.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
A group of residents is looking back on the disasters and racial unrest that enveloped Baton Rouge this summer and is brainstorming policies local government could implement to move the parish forward.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
A group of pastors and others attending a "real talk" event geared toward black men Thursday said they want to ensure Baton Rouge remains peaceful regardless of whether the police officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling on July 5…
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The Metro Council let the clock run out Wednesday on a major proposed change to the Baton Rouge Police Department called for by community leaders and activists after last month's killing of Alton Sterling by police followed by the slaying of three…
Monday, August 08, 2016
A roundtable of political, spiritual and law enforcement leaders agreed Monday that Baton Rouge leaders need to define which problems are hampering relationships between the police and the community, though the group did not move forward with any …
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Violent crime was soaring. Murders had reached peak levels. The city's police force, mired in corruption and lawlessness, was undermanned and under siege.
Saturday, August 06, 2016
When Carl Dabadie Jr. got the call all police chiefs dread, he was deep in the throes of one of the most challenging times for the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Friday, August 05, 2016
On the one-month anniversary of the day Baton Rouge police fatally shot Alton Sterling outside a north Baton Rouge convenience store, about 100 people gathered in the Triple S parking lot to celebrate Sterling's life and urge people to continue pu…
Thursday, August 04, 2016
Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel and more than 50 supporters laid out a game plan Thursday for the vote at next week's council meeting for a proposal that would require all future Baton Rouge Police Department hires to live in the parish.
A prominent Black Lives Matter activist and two other protesters arrested last month while demonstrating over the shooting death of Alton Sterling by a white Baton Rouge police officer filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against several local law enf…
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
A federal judge has ordered officials not to publicly release an autopsy report on the death of Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old black man shot and killed during a struggle with two white police officers last month, a Louisiana coroner said Tuesday.
Monday, August 01, 2016
The homicides of three officers shouldn't water down discussions about police reform and race in Baton Rouge, members of a panel argued Monday.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The cell phone video of Baton Rouge police fatally shooting 37-year-old Alton Sterling had surfaced on the internet only a few hours before a staffer for Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards alerted him to watch.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Just a few days after Metro Council members rejected holding a full public hearing on a residency requirement for new Baton Rouge police hires, Councilwoman Chauna Banks-Daniel is looking to revive the idea, this time making it more flexible by ma…
In the week after Alton Sterling was fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer— bringing protesters to the streets and placing the department in the national spotlight — drug busts in the city reportedly dropped dramatically.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
A controversial push that would force future Baton Rouge Police Department hires to live within city limits died quickly Wednesday when the Metro Council failed to introduce it at its meeting, preventing the ordinance from going to a public hearin…
A few days before the high-profile shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, a black man was shot to death by police in Asheville, North Carolina. But unlike the other recent shootings, no viral video surfaced afterward.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Two former police chiefs and a handful of black community leaders on Tuesday called for ways to bridge the divide between law enforcement and black Baton Rouge before another tragedy occurs.
For the past three weeks, Darin Fontenette has stood on Baton Rouge streets with homemade signs alongside a small band of others calling for justice for Alton Sterling and equal treatment for all citizens, first near the store when Sterling was sh…
Baton Rouge residents turned out in droves Monday to support a fundraising campaign at local restaurants and bars for law enforcement officers that were killed and wounded in a devastating ambush two weekends ago.
Monday, July 25, 2016
East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake on Monday said the school system will be ready by Aug. 10, the first day of school, to address concerns that returning students might have over the recent high-profile shootings in Baton Rouge.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
The two Baton Rouge police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling early July 5 outside a convenience store were unable to control him and made a “reasonable choice” to take him down once the situation had escalated, according to the opinions …
Saturday, July 23, 2016
A group of Baton Rouge area residents and members of several advocacy groups aired complaints about law enforcement’s handling of protests over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling to a special representative of the United Nations Saturday.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Citing pending state charges, federal prosecutors have dismissed a criminal complaint that accused a 20-year-old man of stealing guns from a Government Street pawn shop in the chaotic days after a Baton Rouge police officer fatally shot Alton Ster…
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Under a steamy noontime sun Thursday, more than hundred people stood and listened at Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge as the Rev. Derrick Hills read out a psalm of comfort often leaned upon in times of loss.
It's only a newly filed bill, which puts it a long way from becoming law. And the measure sponsored by two Louisiana congressman would, they both admit, only go so far in addressing the conditions that led to Alton Sterling's death at the hands of…
As the spotlight of the nation continued to shine on Baton Rouge, Mayor-President Kip Holden's handling of his city's trying circumstances has often been under fire.
More than 100 popular local restaurants and bars are pledging to donate a quarter of their proceeds to benefit the families of three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers who were killed in a shootout Sunday.
Black leaders of Baton Rouge non-profit groups called on the community to translate their concern over the recent shooting of Alton Sterling into long-term plans to improve the lives of local African-American men and boys.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Now is not the time to take sides, now is the time to come together, LSU students urged the Baton Rouge community on Wednesday at a daytime vigil on campus.
In Baton Rouge Police Department’s sprawling 3rd District, the days and nights grew long in recent weeks. But Sunday took a completely different kind of toll.
Monday, July 18, 2016
A woman who was arrested last Sunday in a confrontational clash with law enforcement during protests over the death of Alton Sterling is now a key organizer in a vigil planned Wednesday to honor the slain police officers.
Rev. Reginald Pitcher, the longtime head of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has been suspended from his job by the national chapter of the civil rights organization over his call for a boycott of businesses…
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Alton Sterling's son Cameron, said that the family of the man who was shot and killed by Baton Rouge police two weeks ago is "disgusted" by the deadly attack on law enforcement that rocked Baton Rouge on Sunday morning.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
If anything good comes out of the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, it has to be that the national attention opened conversation across Baton Rouge’s racial divide.
In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina forced thousands of people to seek refuge in Baton Rouge, out-of-state law enforcement officers volunteering here said they saw such outlandish violations of civil rights by local cops that they eventually refu…
Saturday, July 16, 2016
President Barack Obama dedicated his weekly address Saturday morning to "coming together to find solutions" in the wake of deadly officer-involved shootings in Baton Rouge and elsewhere.
Friday, July 15, 2016
In the wake of violence and funerals in Dallas, Minnesota and now Baton Rouge, Bishop Robert Muench is calling for members of the Baton Rouge diocese to pray, reflect and fast this week, but also to act and to act “in a way that will unite us and …
A Baton Rouge man's bond on a 2015 sex-crime charge was revoked this week following his Sunday arrest for the alleged theft of guns in a local pawn shop burglary that occurred four days after Alton Sterling was fatally shot by city police, his fed…
Thousands of mourners gathered Friday to grieve the death of Alton Sterling in a public funeral where comforting words for his family and reflections on his life mixed with demands for justice and calls to reinvigorate the political fight for equality.
It was her first time attending a protest against police violence, but as Ieshia Evans calmly stood in a Baton Rouge street with riot-gear clad officers rushing toward her, she didn't yell; she didn't fight.
More than half of the protesters arrested in the days following the shooting death of Alton Sterling by a Baton Rouge Police Department officer will not face prosecution, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Friday.
Alton Sterling was remembered Friday in a public funeral service that commemorated the man he was in life and the symbol he has become in death.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Any protester who attempts to block an interstate during protests over the police shooting death of Alton Sterling may face a felony count of obstructing a highway, a Baton Rouge police spokesman said Thursday.
A 20-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of stealing guns in a pawn shop burglary that authorities say may have been part of a plot against police told investigators he stole the weapons to make money.
Cameron Sterling, the 15-year-old son of the man shot and killed by Baton Rouge police last week, carried his message of peace to President Barack Obama in a taped town hall discussion that aired on ABC Thursday night.
A large, diverse group of area business leaders pledged Thursday to work to improve race relations and reduce economic inequity in the wake of the shooting death of Alton Sterling.
Here's a look at 12 key players in the Alton Sterling investigation. Sterling was fatally shot by police officers July 5 in front of the Triple S Food Mart in North Baton Rouge.
Presumptive GOP nominee for president Donald Trump has clarified his earlier remarks about the death of Alton Sterling, calling the shooting "terrible, disgusting" and "very, very sad."
Kip Holden's announced challenge to U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond in the congressional district that runs from the state capital down to Richmond's home town of New Orleans was always going to be an uphill fight for the outgoing Baton Rouge mayor.
Mayor-President Kip Holden on Thursday made one of his few public appearances since the shooting of Alton Sterling, complimenting the calls for peace from Sterling’s son and the work World Changers missionaries have done repairing homes in Baton Rouge.
We’re in the second week since Alton Sterling was shot to death by Baton Rouge police outside a local convenience store, and there are hopeful signs that the aftermath of the incident is shifting from protests to policy.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Gov. John Bel Edwards, State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and other leaders and activists from across the country met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday to discuss community policing and criminal justice efforts.
As Baton Rouge law enforcement deployed in force this past week to protests after the police shooting of Alton Sterling, city officers responded to less than half the number of reports of crime than in the week before Sterling died.
One protester lying down Wednesday in front of City Hall grew to six as the day wore on, and they silently protested Baton Rouge Police Department Officers shooting and killing Alton Sterling last week.
A video captured by a WWL-TV reporter appears to show a brick being thrown at officers during a demonstration in Baton Rouge on Sunday, said State Police Maj. Doug Cain.
By the time Christopher and Brachell Brown walked out of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison early Monday morning they'd spent nearly 36 sleepless hours in custody, but the newly minted political protesters said the stay only cemented their passion abo…
The family of Alton Sterling is inviting the community to mourn with them on Friday at a public funeral held at Southern University.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a police memorial statue has been vandalized with a message referring to the recent fatal police shooting of a black man in Louisiana.
Police reports on three young men arrested in a "credible threat" against officers publicized Tuesday show no mention of the comment one made to police about their intention to harm officers nor do the reports show that any of them were booked on …
Alton Sterling’s 15-year-old son who spoke to the media for the first time Wednesday, said his father “will always be a good man” and called for peaceful protests in the wake of his death.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III made news Monday in recusing himself from the case of Alton Sterling, the black man shot to death by Baton Rouge police during a struggle at a local convenience store on July 5.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
More than 100 people gathered across the street from Baton Rouge Police headquarters Tuesday evening for a peaceful protest and voter registration drive.
More than a week after Alton Sterling was killed by police in Baton Rouge, protests persist — but at a lower volume.
In a week marked by immense sadness, frustration and hurt, some of the most affecting of the thousands of images and stories that flooded the internet have helped heal.
Baton Rouge residents on Tuesday, both black and white, came together to pray for their city — one that has become almost unrecognizable to them over the course of the past week.
Two black community leaders met with a predominantly white crowd of Baton Rouge Republicans on Tuesday to field questions and provide insight into the protests that have taken place since Alton Sterling's death last week.
Christopher Brown said it felt like his lungs were closing in as he and about 40 other men struggled to breathe after a guard aimed pepper spray into a holding cell Saturday night at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Most of the doors were locked at City Hall on Tuesday, with visitors and workers alike being directed through one door manned by Baton Rouge Police Department officials in the first floor lobby.
About 12:30 a.m. on the morning of July 5, 2016, two Baton Rouge police officers pinned Alton Sterling to the ground. Seconds later, Sterling was shot and killed. Caught on camera, the shooting sparked protests across the city and added fuel to na…
Mayor-President Kip Holden sang "Let there be peace on earth" at a prayer service Tuesday in Baton Rouge, saying afterward that being the mayor of Baton Rouge "has been hell" in what has been his second public appearance since Alton Sterling's wid…
Monday, July 11, 2016
The day after Alton Sterling was shot dead by a Baton Rouge police officer, authorities handed over the shooting probe to the U.S. Department of Justice, with the parish’s top law enforcement official vowing, “We did not want another Ferguson.”
The owner of the North Foster Drive convenience store where police fatally shot Alton Sterling alleged Monday in a lawsuit that Baton Rouge police came into his store and confiscated the store’s entire security system — including the video surveil…
HOOVER, Ala. — Discussion of protests in Baton Rouge over the shooting death of Alton Sterling is sweeping the nation. That includes the Southeastern Conference office.
Protests over the police killing of Alton Sterling have prompted a few stores to close and blocked access to others, but business owners largely say they’ve seen little effect so far outside the areas near the sometimes violent demonstrations.
Police officers spotted the butt of a handgun in Alton Sterling’s front pocket and saw him reach for the weapon before opening fire, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department search warrant filed Monday that offers the first police account of t…
It's quickly becoming the image most closely associated with Alton Sterling protestsin Baton Rouge.The photo's caption simply says, "A protester is grabbed by police officers in riot gear after she refused to leave the motor way in front of the th…
A group of some 40 people chanted in front of City Hall on Monday morning in a protest that was peaceful but pointed: Asking for East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden to make an appearance and for racism to be eradicated from the Bato…
East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman LaMont Cole was among a small group of local black leaders, including state Reps. C. Denise Marcelle and Pat Smith, who met Monday morning with Department of Justice officials at the Russell B. Long Federal…
Following a peaceful march Sunday afternoon from a church to the State Capitol, police, dressed in riot gear, charged into the front yard of Lisa Batiste on East Boulevardand started arresting protesters after more than a one-hour standoff.The con…
Monday, July 11, 2016
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III will recuse himself from an ongoing federal investigation into the police shooting of Alton Sterling, he said Monday.
Baton Rouge police on Monday posted officers near the city’s interstate system and most major thoroughfares to deter protesters from blocking traffic as the possibility of more rallies continued over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling.
In the wake of the Alton Sterling shooting, the goal for Baton Rouge residents should be building bridges, not blocking roads.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
The nightly clashes over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling have grown more tense, with police tackling protesters, arresting scores and using an armored vehicle to block demonstrators — prompting many to claim they’re being thrown in jail for …
One woman came because her son was shot to death by a Baton Rouge police officer in 2013. A teenager from Gonzales came to hold a sign that asked, “Am I next?” And two men who live down the street came to hand out hamburgers, chicken breasts and h…
Update, 6:15 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016A total of 50 people were arrested at a heated protest Sunday over the death of Alton Sterling, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.Seven of those arrested are from Baton Ro…
MINNEAPOLIS — The WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, including a pair of players with Baton Rouge connections, voiced support for change Saturday night.
To the casual onlooker, Sunday’s 10 a.m. worship service at predominately black St. Mark United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge might have seemed like nothing out of the ordinary.
Last updated: 8:52 p.m.; July 10, 2016Kira Marrero walked out of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison at 3 p.m. Sunday, about 17 hours after she was arrested during a protest over the killing of Alton Sterling.Hugging her dad then talking with media, th…
Update, 9:45 p.m.At least 48 people were arrested on Sunday for obstruction of a public passageway during the hostile Alton Sterling protest in downtown Baton Rouge, officials said.Update, 8 p.m.A march from Wesley United Methodist Church to the S…
Among the first demands from outraged demonstrators as they gathered Tuesday afternoon outside the convenience store where Alton Sterling was shot by a Baton Rouge police officer was for an outside agency to take over the criminal probe into the f…
This has been a sad chapter in the life of Louisiana and the life of the nation. A week that began with the country’s birthday is ending with a grim pile of pain that has shaken our shared assumptions about America’s promise. But from the vivid co…
Saturday, July 09, 2016
Update, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016DeRay Mckesson, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist who was arrested on one count of simple obstruction of a highway, was released from the East Baton Rouge jail around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.Moments after his …
Update: 3:40 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016Baton Rouge police are saying out-of-town protestors are causing some demonstrations here to become more violent, a night after more than 100 people were arrested along Airline Highway, eight guns were seized…
Sheriff’s deputies from Ascension and Livingston parishes are arriving in Baton Rouge to assist city police, East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies and state troopers as protesters continue to hold demonstrations following the shooting death of Alton…
Update: 5 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016WAFB assistant news director Chris Slaughter was released from the East Baton Rouge jail Sunday afternoon.Slaughter was one of at least three journalists arrested Saturday in connection with the Alton Sterling p…
Follow The Advocate's team of reporters in the feed below as they update from Saturday's protests.Update: 8:30 p.m.About 500 people gathered at the state Capitol after marching from City Hall in support of Alton Sterling.Chanting "No justice, no p…
The protests that have roiled Baton Rouge since police there killed Alton Sterling on Tuesday spread to New Orleans on Friday, sending hundreds of people onto the streets in Mid-City, Central City and the Central Business District.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. said Saturday that if it turns out that an officer pointed a handgun at protesters simply to urge them to disperse, that he would not support those actions.But he said that the incident, captured early Sat…
Friday, July 08, 2016
The young man in camouflage pants and black T-shirt wandering outside the Triple S Food Mart Wednesday night picking up discarded water bottles, food wrappers and cigarette butts likely got little notice among the hundreds of protesters packed the…
For Tom Casey, the awful scene in Dallas this week was a familiar one: fellow police cut down by sniper fire or scrambling for cover.
Amid all the demonstrations, rallies and news conferences in the wake of the Alton Sterling shooting, one face has been conspicuously absent — East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden, who spent most of Thursday in Washington, D.C., and …
Former Metro Councilman and mayoral candidate Smokie Bourgeois released a statement critical of Alton Sterling Friday, saying that it is clear the man shot by a Baton Rouge cop on Tuesday morning had “refused to follow police officers’ repeated in…
Trouble viewing? Click here. Follow The Advocate on Facebook.UPDATE: 10:05 a.m., JULY 9, 2016?About 20 to 30 protesters were arrested and booked into Parish Prison stemming from a demonstration Friday night and early Saturday morning outside Baton…
The FBI’s New Orleans Field Division has warned law enforcement agencies in Baton Rouge and Shreveport to be watchful for potential violence in the coming days, citing a host of social media posts about the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Alton Ster…
The mother of Alton Sterling's son says she didn't know Sterling to carry a gun and doesn't believe he had one with him the night he was shot to death.Quinyetta McMillon told The Associated Press on Friday: "I do not believe in my heart that there…
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed his dismay over a week of violence that left a Baton Rouge man and man from Minnesota dead following fatal encounters with police officers and five officers in Dallas dead at the hands of a “madman.”“This …