Gov. John Bel Edwards takes part in CBS ‘48 Hours’ special on police shootings _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards speaks during a prayer vigil, Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Living Faith Christian Center on Winbourne Avenue, in Baton Rouge, La.

Gov. John Bel Edwards was hailed in a CBS 48 Hours episode Saturday night as the person who has helped Louisiana remain nonviolent during protests that have been spawned in the wake of deadly police shootings that have gripped the nation in the past week.

Edwards, a Democrat who took office in January, has been a visible presence, holding several meetings and news conference since the death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who Baton Rouge police fatally shot in a convenience store parking lot early Tuesday morning.

The U.S. Department of Justice and FBI are investigating Sterling’s death.

For the past several days, demonstrations have been held outside the Triple S Food Mart where Sterling was killed and Baton Rouge police headquarters.

The 48 Hours Special “Bringing A Nation Together,” aired at 9 p.m. and was described by CBS as a primetime special “featuring extensive original reporting from CBS News correspondents on the ground in Dallas and around the country.”

It focused heavily on Dallas but frequently included details about Sterling’s death.

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