Wednesday, August 09, 2017
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore released a lengthy defense Wednesday of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination anti-gang initiative, saying the cloud of questions about the program's administration should not mar its reputation …
Friday, August 04, 2017
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's office will investigate the contracts issued under the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program after the city-parish's handling of the anti-gang initiative has repeatedly been criticized over the past week.
Thursday, August 03, 2017
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has joined the chorus of people calling for investigations into City Hall's handling of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination anti-gang initiative.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Continued outrage in Baton Rouge over comments an activist made a week ago at a Metro Council meeting has spurred conversations about the role race plays in the political uproar.
The $125,000 originally intended for LSU's work on the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program would only have been needed if the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to extend the grant for the anti-gang initiative, said a city-parish official…
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's office confirmed Tuesday she is suspending all contracts issued from mid-June to mid-July for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program after backlash surfaced this past week about the anti-gang initiative.
Monday, July 31, 2017
A Baton Rouge Metro Council member and the former president of the city's police union on Monday asked two state agencies to investigate contracts issued for the BRAVE program by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's administration.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Baton Rouge activist Arthur "Silky Slim" Reed is known for his theatrics, which recently included carrying a noose into City Hall to dramatize his speeches about the need for criminal justice reform and for a revamp of Baton Rouge Police Departmen…
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Leaders from the Baton Rouge Police Department, including interim Police Chief Lt. Jonny Dunnam on day two in that role, demonstrated a strong buy-in Tuesday for a proposed community-policing ambassador program — an idea that's been explored for t…
Monday, July 24, 2017
The former mayor-president who tapped Carl Dabadie as his police chief said Monday that Dabadie has been treated unfairly and that his retirement will be a terrible blow to Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge Police Department Chief Carl Dabadie lamented on Monday his strained relationship with Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome in the letter he wrote to announce his retirement.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Twenty people arrested in Baton Rouge during demonstrations a year ago over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling accused authorities of using excessive force and violating their rights in at least three federal lawsuits, the latest volleys in the …
Saturday, July 08, 2017
Scores of protesters arrested last summer following Alton Sterling's fatal shooting were treated "like animals" and humiliated inside the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, according to a scathing new report that describes the lockup's conditions as …
Friday, July 07, 2017
Attorneys for one of the officers wounded in a lone gunman's deadly ambush on Baton Rouge law enforcement last July claim the national Black Lives Matter protest movement and five of its most prominent activists are to blame for the attack.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
One year after Alton Sterling was killed during a struggle with two Baton Rouge police officers, a small protest driven by members of the New Black Panther Party ended Wednesday when police fired stun guns, deployed pepper spray and arrested seven…
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A year ago, Abdullah Muflahi rushed outside his convenience store, whipped out his cellphone and began taping moments before a white police officer shot and killed a black man in the parking lot.
Monday, July 03, 2017
Alton Sterling was fatally shot by Baton Rouge police on July 5, 2016, in front of the Triple S Food Mart in North Baton Rouge. Though the U.S. Department of Justice announced in May that it would not pursue criminal civil rights charges against t…
Sunday, July 02, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The children of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was fatally shot by a white Baton Rouge police officer just under a year ago, alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the policeman who killed him ignored department policies and training…
Attorneys for Alton Sterling’s five children plan to file a lawsuit today against several parties in his death, according to a spokesman.
Friday, June 23, 2017
The Baton Rouge Police Department has chosen Axon Enterprise Inc., formerly known as Taser, as the vendor for the hundreds of body cameras that will soon outfit officers in the Capital City.
In a new interview with women's fashion magazine Elle, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome discussed her role in the fallout from the Department of Justice's Alton Sterling decision.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
A Baton Rouge police officer injured during an Alton Sterling-related protest last summer cannot sue Black Lives Matter or prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson because Black Lives Matter is a "movement" and not an entity that can b…
Months of scandals, checkered audits and multiple legal disputes were not enough Wednesday, said Baton Rouge Metro Council members, to overturn the will of the people who voted for a dedicated property tax that will dramatically increase the East …
Friday, June 02, 2017
The attorney representing the Baton Rouge Police Department officer who shot and killed Alton Sterling said Friday that Chief Carl Dabadie made the right call in rejecting Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's request that he fire the officer.
The current East Baton Rouge mayor-president and the man she replaced both addressed the Baton Rouge Police Department at a Thursday night awards ceremony, with the stark differences in their approach to policing and rapport with the police union…
Legislation stemming from the Baton Rouge police shooting of Alton Sterling last summer cleared the state Senate Friday afternoon and now goes to the governor.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Responding to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's call to fire the officer who killed Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie wrote that any such action would be improper and premature until the criminal investigation is complete.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A federal judge on Tuesday preliminarily approved a proposed settlement resolving a class action that accuses law enforcement agencies in Louisiana's capital of violating the constitutional rights of protesters who were arrested after a deadly pol…
Saturday, May 27, 2017
After the U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute the two Baton Rouge police officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling, his family members and others turned their attention to state charges, citing new details of the encounter reve…
The heads of Baton Rouge’s major law enforcement agencies gathered under one roof Saturday to preach a sermon bearing the same message: without each other, we are nothing.
Friday, May 26, 2017
People who threatened to "shut down" the May 10 Metro Council meeting tried unsuccessfully this week to get an apology from Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wilson, who had ordered them escorted out of that meeting for allegedly disrupting city business .
Baton Rouge police on Friday afternoon released the letter that Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome sent to Chief Carl Dabadie Thursday, which asks him to fire the officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling in July and reconsider how to discipline t…
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The public debate over the fate of the officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling escalated Thursday as the Baton Rouge Union of Police criticized Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's call for his immediate termination, saying her recommendation wo…
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Attorneys for Alton Sterling's children sent a letter Wednesday to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie demanding that the two officers involved in Sterling's fatal shooting last July be fired. Hours later…
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
A Baton Rouge police officer's racially charged text message that resulted in his suspension has become the latest cause du jour in Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's promise of a top-down reform of the police department.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
The words "police reform" became a frequent buzzword in Baton Rouge over the last 10 months, coming up at protests, political forums and community meetings.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Protesters tried to shut down Wednesday's Baton Rouge Metro Council meeting by speaking about Alton Sterling's death while council members were holding public comment periods for mundane items, but one by one, several protesters were kicked out.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Wearing dress uniforms and a black ribbon over their badges, dozens of Baton Rouge law enforcement officers on Tuesday joined friends and family members of their colleagues killed in the line of duty for a memorial service to honor their sacrifices.
Saturday, May 06, 2017
With his handgun drawn, Baton Rouge policeman Blane Salamoni first approached Alton Sterling outside the Triple S Food Mart on July 5 and pointed the weapon at Sterling, yelling at the burly 37-year-old man he'd shoot him in the head if he didn't …
As the city continues to cope with the fallout of the July 2016 police shooting death of Alton Sterling, people gathered at a Baton Rouge church Saturday to share their ideas on how to heal Baton Rouge’s racial and other divisions.
A small but vocal crowd gathered outside the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters Saturday to protest the death of Alton Sterling.
Friday, May 05, 2017
New details in the investigation into Alton Sterling's death have put the spotlight back on the Baton Rouge Police Department's body camera program, with some saying they want more information about what happened with the cameras worn by the officers.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Two Baton Rouge policemen received the long-awaited word this week that they will not face civil-rights charges in the shooting death of Alton Sterling, but officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II have a long way to go before returning to duty.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
A 10-month investigation into the confrontation with two Baton Rouge policemen that left Alton Sterling dead did not uncover enough evidence to bring criminal civil rights charges, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, emphasizing that the probe lef…
Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not seek charges against two white police officers who were involved in a deadly encounter with a black man in Baton Rouge last summer.
An attorney for Blane Salamoni, the Baton Rouge police officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling after a struggle last July, applauded the federal investigation that found there was no basis to charge his client as "thorough and exhaustive."
Law enforcement officers across Baton Rouge are bracing themselves for the possible return of swarms of protesters in response to the U.S. Department of Justice's decision announced Wednesday not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in …
After the Department of Justice announced Wednesday its decision not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of Alton Sterling, the Sterling family held a news conference to react to the decision. Later, East Baton Rouge Mayor…
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
The graphic cellphone videos that captured the shooting death of Alton Sterling last summer sparked widespread outrage and several nights of protests in Baton Rouge. But the footage, however disturbing, offered an incomplete account of a violent s…
After a nearly year-long investigation, the Department of Justice officially announced their decision Wednesday not to bring charges against two Baton Rouge officers in the death of Alton Sterling.
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said Wednesday she understands the anger, frustration and confusion among some over the U.S. Department of Justice's decision not to pursue charges against the Baton Rouge police officers who k…
Attorney General Jeff Landry confirmed Wednesday that his office will handle the state review of the Alton Sterling shooting case.
The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the death of a black man whose fatal shooting was captured on cellphone video, it was announced Wednesday in Baton Rouge.
Federal prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against either of the Baton Rouge city policemen involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling during a confrontation outside a convenience store in July, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson a…
Together Baton Rouge called Wednesday for the release of all video recordings related to the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling and for a thorough state investigation into the incident.
Alton Sterling's family said Wednesday they are counting on the state to bring criminal charges against the Baton Rouge police officer who fatally shot him, after learning more details of the deadly July interaction from federal authorities.
The U.S. Attorney's Office, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will hold a news conference on the federal criminal investigation into the death of Alton Sterling at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Baton Rouge.
A group of about two dozen protesters gathered near Baton Rouge Police Headquarters briefly blocked several lanes of Airline Highway late Tuesday night, prompting a number of police officers to respond
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
After news broke Tuesday afternoon that the officers who shot Alton Sterling last July would not face charges, a group began to gather for a vigil at the Triple S food mart. The store was the site of the shooting, as well as protests in the days after.
People gathered for a vigil Tuesday at the Triple S Food Mart on North Foster in Baton Rouge after reports emerged that two police officers would not face federal charges in a fatal encounter with Alton Sterling in the store parking lot in July.
As news broke that officers who killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge last July would not face charges, family members struggled to comprehend the decision, and how they came to learn of it.
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said late Tuesday afternoon that she was appalled to find out about the results of the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into the death of Alton Sterling from national media reports.
In the case of Alton Sterling, federal prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against the Baton Rouge city policemen involved, according to national news reports.
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.
Federal prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against either of the Baton Rouge city policemen involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling during a confrontation outside a convenience store in July, according to national news reports.
UPDATE: Washington Post: Officers involved in Alton Sterling shooting will not be charged
Monday, May 01, 2017
The first trial of a reputed "Big Money Block Boyz" gang member was supposed to begin Monday in Baton Rouge state court, but with the U.S. Justice Department's decision on the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling anticipated this week, a visiti…
Saturday, April 29, 2017
As Baton Rouge awaits a U.S. Justice Department decision on Alton Sterling’s death, a state legislator, prominent ministers, a Sterling family member and community activists gathered Saturday to call for peaceful protests, more organizing and to n…
Friday, April 28, 2017
A U.S. Congressman blasted the U.S. Department of Justice over their "failure to communicate with the community" about its long-awaited decision in the Alton Sterling shooting as local leaders said they have no concrete information, just widesprea…
Thursday, April 27, 2017
A committee of state lawmakers advanced a pair of police reform bills Thursday to beef up training and tighten hiring practices, measures that were crafted partially in response to the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge officers.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
After four vendors, three years of conversations and one high-profile shooting that prompted protests, Baton Rouge lawmakers agreed Wednesday to spend $2.25 million to outfit all Baton Rouge Police officers with body cameras.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
An LSU study released Wednesday found Louisiana residents remain divided, primarily along racial lines, when it comes to their perceptions and opinions on policing, racial equality and the legitimacy of last summer's protests in Baton Rouge, accor…
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and LSU President F. King Alexander vowed Wednesday to work together again, if necessary, to defeat a possible second attempt to carve out a new city in the southeastern part of the parish.
Monday, April 17, 2017
In the Capital City and across the state, law enforcement officers have "room for improvement," Baton Rouge state Rep. Ted James said Monday as he explained a package of police reform bills he's sponsoring in the Louisiana Legislature.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
After months of meetings and debate, the Baton Rouge committee on police policies began to see their final recommendations coming together Tuesday evening as academics from local universities presented their ideas on ways to improve the Baton Roug…
Monday, March 27, 2017
An attorney for a prominent Black Lives Matter activist urged a federal judge Monday to dismiss a lawsuit by an unnamed Baton Rouge police officer who claims he was injured during a protest four days after the deadly police shooting of Alton Sterl…
Saturday, February 25, 2017
This year's Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade turned Baton Rouge's devastating August floods into cause for laughter on Saturday, with flamingo-themed floats satirizing FEMA, politicians and the red tape for flood victims trying to rebuild.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Dezmion Barrow recounted Monday night how unnerved he had been when a Baton Rouge Police officer pulled him over in Perkins Rowe during the holiday season.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Baton Rouge, its police chief and several officers are rebutting allegations that the owner of a North Foster Drive convenience store where police fatally shot Alton Sterling last summer was illegally detained after the shooting.
Friday, February 03, 2017
Baton Rouge Police Department Union President Sgt. C. Bryan Taylor said Friday that he agrees with use-of-force policy changes Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced on Thursday.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the reworking of the Baton Rouge Police Department's policy guiding how officers can use force while on the job, following through Thursday on part of a major campaign plank to implement changes at th…
Sunday, January 29, 2017
After two years of uproar surrounding the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade, float riders, paradegoers and those who decided not to attend this year say they are anxious about whether another joke will surface next month that worsens conflicts alread…
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The mother of three of Alton Sterling's children says that while she prays for justice to prevail in the case of the Baton Rouge man shot to death by police officers in July 2016, her community is also in her prayers.
Friday, January 13, 2017
A Baton Rouge man who was arrested during last summer's Alton Sterling-related demonstrations and claimed police officers stomped and punched him has been indicted on several rape charges involving a young girl.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The Advocate's coverage of the tumultuous summer in Baton Rouge — which featured the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, an ambush that killed three local law enforcement officers and a devastating flood that heavily damaged tens of thousands…
Thursday, January 05, 2017
State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said Thursday he's asked for and expects two weeks advance notice before the U.S. Department of Justice publicly releases the results of its investigation into the July 2016 fatal shooting of Alton St…
Thursday, December 08, 2016
Members of an informal committee looking at ways to improve Baton Rouge police and community relations called Thursday for better police training and appointing police ambassadors to act as liaisons between officers and residents of the neighborho…
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said Wednesday his office is preparing for a loss of at least $8 million in the coming fiscal year as many homes across the parish lose value and property taxes decrease.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Attorneys have asked a federal judge to approve a settlement that awards up to $45,000 in cash payments to dozens of protesters arrested in Baton Rouge following a black man's fatal shooting by police.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The president of the union representing Baton Rouge police officers is lambasting Metro Council members for approving a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by protesters who were arrested in July, calling the deal of up to $100,000 a "slap …
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
A signed agreement outlining police policies on public protests in Baton Rouge will settle a federal lawsuit that claims authorities violated protesters' civil rights during demonstrations following the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by a city p…
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A settlement agreement will resolve a lawsuit that accuses police of trampling on the civil rights of protesters in Baton Rouge following a black man's fatal shooting by police.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
After a Baton Rouge Police officer shot and killed Alton Sterling in July, hundreds took to the city's streets in protest. Now, City Hall will pay out a few hundred dollars apiece to more than 90 protesters, including Black Lives Matter activist D…
Monday, November 21, 2016
The weekend shootings of police officers in Texas and Missouri follow a string of surprise attacks — many of them deadly — that have targeted officers around the country.
Baton Rouge and Louisiana State Police officials are talking about how to respond to potential protests following the U.S. Department of Justice's release of its investigation into the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by a Baton Rouge policeman in July.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Philando Castile was shot by a Minnesota police officer, his girlfriend broadcast his final moments live on Facebook. But experts say the footage from a squad car camera was probably a bigger factor in prosecutors' decision…
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Baton Rouge can become a great city, but to do so all of its residents must have the opportunity to participate in the economy, a venture capitalist told participants Tuesday in the Baton Rouge Area Chamber's Big Think event.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Five proposed policy changes for the Baton Rouge Police Department crashed Wednesday as the Metro Council rejected one after another, with the suggestions falling like dominoes pushed by tension among council members.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Alton Sterling's son Cameron, who emerged as a key voice in the call for peace after his father died in a Baton Rouge police shooting in July, apparently celebrated his 16th birthday this week in the company of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Guaranteeing that Baton Rouge Police officers can speak about injustices without fear of retribution. Instituting mandatory bias testing before police officers hit the streets. Encouraging residents to show more respect toward police.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
A foot-tall statue of Saint Michael the Archangel stands on the windowsill of Nick Tullier's hospital room. Nearby, next to a framed photo of the strapping 41-year-old East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy, sits a clear plastic bag of black-and-blue r…
Friday, October 28, 2016
People interested in seeing Baton Rouge police reform will have a chance next week to give their opinions and recommendations at meetings meant to create a "community action plan."
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.
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.