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.
Friday, August 04, 2017
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.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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
For the second year, more than two dozen Baton Rouge restaurants will donate 25 percent of their proceeds to benefit the families of three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers killed in an ambush last summer.
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.
Monday, July 24, 2017
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.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux earlier this week awarded a sheriff's hat and "challenge coin" — a special coin bearing the organization's insignia — to a 7-year-old Hammond girl who has made it her mission to hug law enforcement in every state.
One year after the ambush on law enforcement that killed three Baton Rouge officers and left three wounded, a touching tribute by a former U.S. Marine Corps musician remains the most-watched video in The Advocate’s history.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Doctors didn't expect Nick Tullier to survive after a gunman shot him in the head, stomach and shoulder during the July 17, 2016 ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge. A year later, the 42-year-old sheriff's deputy is still defying the odds and the grim prognosis issued after the July 17 attack...
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Baton Rouge residents are planning to gather at 6 p.m. Monday at the Baton Rouge police headquarters for a balloon release to honor the officers who were killed in the deadly attack on law enforcement July 17, 2016.
Friday, July 14, 2017
After bicycling more than 500 miles through humid Louisiana heat to Baton Rouge, several dozen police officers and firefighters ended their ride in front of Baton Rouge Police Headquarters, marking a year since a lone gunman unleashed a deadly amb…
Friday, July 14, 2017
While their backgrounds may be different, Brad Garafola, Matthew Gerald and Montell Jackson -- members of Baton Rouge law enforcement slain during an ambush attack by a lone gunman from Missouri on July 17, 2016 -- each had an undying commitment t…
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Doctors said they were pleased with results of a surgical procedure for injured East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Nick Tullier, but he was having a difficult time in the aftermath, according to his father.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Montrell Jackson, 32, died on July 17, 2016, from multiple gunshot wounds, shot by a lone gunman from Missouri who officials say specifically targeted law enforcement. He was a 10-year-veteran for the Baton Rouge Police Department who had just rec…
Whether he was with his fellow soldiers in Iraq or at home with his family, Matthew Gerald's life was spent in service to others.
Brad Garafola lived his life to help others, according to those who knew him, so it was no surprise to hear that when he saw an officer injured during an ambush attack on July 17, 2016, he rushed from safety to help.
Since the killing of Baton Rouge police officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola in July 2016, the officers' families have displayed strength in public and delivered messages about their heroes -- each in their own, unique ways...
Friday, June 30, 2017
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola had already wrapped up his extra-duty shift at the B-Quik convenience store, but he'd hung around the shop while waiting to meet his wife, whom he'd greeted with a text — "Good morning, my love" — an…
Police radio dispatches and 911 calls were released Friday by East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore as part of a public presentation of the investigative report probing the July 2016 Baton Rouge officer involved shootings and gunm…
Gavin Eugene Long, who killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers and wounded three others, left a suicide note that was publicly released Friday.
The East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office on Friday released its report compiled after a lengthy review of events of last July's deadly ambush on Baton Rouge law enforcement officers.
The East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office on Friday released audio and video materials as part of its report on last July's deadly ambush on Baton Rouge law enforcement officers.
District Attorney Hillar Moore III on Friday will detail the findings and results of his office's review of last July's deadly ambush on Baton Rouge law enforcement officers.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
The East Baton Rouge District Attorney's release Friday of an extensive investigative report into the deadly July 2016 ambush on Baton Rouge law enforcement officers is expected to provide new details and insights into that Sunday morning rampage …
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The East Baton Rouge district attorney on Friday will release a report on last July's deadly ambush on Baton Rouge law enforcement officers.
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.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Deputy Nick Tullier's fiance, Danielle Mcnicoll, posted a video Monday showing Tullier speaking the word "Hello" during therapy at the Houston hospital where he is undergoing rehabilitation.
Friday, June 02, 2017
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…
Saturday, May 27, 2017
As injured East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy continues his prolonged recovery from last year's shooting, he received a birthday blast from the past.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Melissa Nagy lives more than 1,000 miles away from Baton Rouge — but the city has been on her mind a lot in the past year.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Melissa Nagy lives more than 1,000 miles away from Baton Rouge — but the city has been on her mind a lot in the past year.
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.
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.
A man has been arrested and booked after he admitted to posting threatening messages on social media after the Alton Sterling decision, according to booking records.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
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…
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.
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…
Friday, March 24, 2017
Deputy Nick Tullier's fiance, Danielle Mcnicoll, posted a video this week showing Tullier maneuvering a power wheelchair outside the Houston hospital where he is undergoing rehabilitation.
Law enforcement officials in Louisiana's capital face another federal lawsuit accusing them of violating the rights of protesters arrested after a black man's fatal shooting by police.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
After a memorial for fallen law enforcement officers was moved recently from downtown to the Baton Rouge Police Department headquarters, Metro Council members said this week they want another monument to honor law enforcement where the public can see it.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Sgt. Bruce Simmons and others from EBRSO traveled to Houston to visit Nick Tullier, who was injured in the July 17 officer shooting. Simmons was one of Tullier's fellow officers injured in the ambush …
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Deputy Nick Tullier remembers being shot by a gunman on July 17 in Baton Rouge, and he's angry but not sad or depressed about the tragic event that changed his life, his father, James, said in a Sunday Facebook post. And he feels like he's getting…
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.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
As he walked Brad Garafola Jr. to the pitching mound, LSU baseball star shortstop Kramer Robertson leaned in close and offered some words of wisdom.
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…
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Chad Montgomery knew it wasn't a normal Sunday when he showed up at 6 a.m. for his patrol with the Baton Rouge Police Department on July 17.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Injured East Baton Rouge deputy Nick Tullier was having a procedure done on Monday on an exit wound that has become infected, according to his family.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
A 61-year-old Baton Rouge woman died Wednesday morning after she was hit by a car while standing in the road on Choctaw Drive, Baton Rouge police said.
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.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Injured East Baton Rouge deputy Nick Tullier this week received gifts from a New Orleans bakery and one of his favorite bands -- and in a welcome moment of normalcy, a haircut from his fiance.
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…
North Banks Middle School had a scare Wednesday after a student was seen motioning with a gun that turned out to be a BB-gun, said a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Injured East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy Nick Tullier has shown another sign of progress in his recovery by giving his mother a special birthday gift.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Months after the deaths of three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers, loved ones continue to cope without their missing pieces as Christmas approaches.
Wounded Baton Rouge officer Nick Tullier underwent surgery Thursday in Houston to install a pump that will aid in administering a muscle relaxer, his father, James, reported on Facebook.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
The area 'Wreaths Across America' event, one of many around the country, was held at Port Hudson National Cemetery Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, with wreaths placed fallen U.S. military members, and Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. This year, t…
Thursday, December 15, 2016
A video released Thursday by TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston shows East Baton Rouge deputy Nick Tullier communicating with hospital staff members, providing non-verbal answers to "yes" or "no" questions and correctly identifying words on…
Doctors at a Houston hospital had expected wounded East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier to arrive last month in a vegetative state, unconscious to the world, as the result of severe bullet wounds and at least one heart stoppage after bei…
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
A month after wounded East Baton Rouge Deputy Nick Tullier arrived at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston, doctors talked about Tullier's rehabilitation during a Thursday press conference.
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…
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…
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Cameron Sterling, Dechia Gerald and Warrick Dunn, three people united by tragedy, a hometown and the New Orleans Saints.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier, who was critically injured in the officer ambush over the summer, underwent surgery Tuesday to clean out a bullet exit wound and help the area heal, Tullier's father, James, said.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday honored the dispatcher handling radio calls during the July 17 ambush on law enforcement.
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.
Monday, November 07, 2016
A Baton Rouge police officer who lost teeth and suffered other injuries during a protest outside police headquarters four days after the deadly police shooting of Alton Sterling filed a federal lawsuit Monday against a prominent Black Lives Matter…
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 …
Friday, October 21, 2016
Nick Tullier's 18-year-old son wonders if he'll ever hear his father's voice again. "Will we still be able to hang out together and just chat? I have no clue," Trent Tullier tells CNN in a feature posted online Friday.
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.
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…
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office provided an update on one deputy injured in the July 17 attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Nearly three months after Alton Sterling's videotaped death in a Baton Rouge convenience store parking lot, demonstrators and relatives at a rally Monday outside City Hall demanded a swift resolution to the federal investigation into the killing.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Injured East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier had his "best day so far" in terms of his vital statistics on Tuesday and is still being prepared to be transported by air to Houston for rehabilitation, but no date has been set for the move,…
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Sgt. Bruce Simmons said his training immediately kicked in after he and others were shot July 17 in Baton Rouge, allowing him to focus not on his injury but on stopping the gunman.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Saturday, September 03, 2016
BATON ROUGE (AP) — For nearly 50 days, James Tullier has barely left the Baton Rouge hospital where he's held vigil for his son, a sheriff's deputy wounded in an ambush that killed three other officers — not even when his family was hit by a secon…
Monday, August 29, 2016
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Marine who ambushed and killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers last month never saw combat in Iraq, but told doctors he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because a buddy showed him videos of maim…
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.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
During his visit to Baton Rouge Tuesday, President Barack Obama met with the family of injured East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy Nick Tullier, his father confirmed.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
The fatal shootings of three lawmen last month paralyzed Baton Rouge and further shook a nation already reeling from episodes of mass gun violence. But on top of the human loss, the attack triggered a state of emergency for local law enforcement a…
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
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Nick Tullier, critically wounded in the July 17 Baton Rouge attack on law enforcement, is now off a breathing machine but remains hospitalized and in need of prayers, his father wrote in a Facebook post Sunday.
Saturday, August 06, 2016
As ominous a sight as it was, Gavin Long’s heavily armed walk down Airline Highway fell squarely within Louisiana law, which allows gun owners to openly carry firearms in public.
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
The Albemarle Foundation will donate $1 million over five years to Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center as part of a workplace effort to boost cancer prevention and early detection.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
On the night before he was shot and critically wounded by a murderous gunman, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Nick Tullier was headed home from work when he spotted a lady with small kids on the side of the road struggling with a flat tire.
The fallen officer memorial that has grown in recent weeks outside the B-Quik convenience store on Airline Highway was moved Tuesday from the site of the July 17 shootings that left three Baton Rouge law officers dead.
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.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
In contrast with several high-profile incidents elsewhere around the country, the New Orleans Police Department has not had a single officer-involved shooting so far in 2016, prompting some civil rights activists to suggest that the sweeping refor…
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.
Seeing what Gavin Eugene Long left behind -- three dead officers, three more wounded and a digital trail of his swelling agitation over recent police shootings of black people -- former FBI profiler Kathleen Puckett said she was struck by a mother…
Friday, July 29, 2016
Damarcus Alexander spent more than seven hours in police custody after three Baton Rouge officers were killed, locked up in what he described as a grueling ordeal that only grew more painful when he was released and learned his cousin was one of t…
The bill to compensate Baton Rouge-area law enforcement officers for extra work after high-profile shootings in July has reached nearly $3 million, with the final tab expected to come out even higher.
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…
U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, the nation's top law enforcement official, met with law enforcement first responders on Friday in Baton Rouge.