Al Amiss was the sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish in the 1970s and 1980s, and he was my father. When he was elected, there were only a few African-American deputies in the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, and when he died in office, there were a proportionate number of African-American deputies compared to the population of East Baton Rouge Parish. Under Al Amiss’ administration, he built substations in high-crime areas like Scotlandville and other parts of the parish. Also, over the years, the other East Baton Rouge Parish law enforcement officials continued to build on what my father achieved — fairness and equal opportunity to all in East Baton Rouge Parish. I feel like other communities across America can look at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office as a model of what fair practices should be.
With all these problems in other American cities, it seems like those problems should have been addressed like East Baton Rouge Parish did many years ago. East Baton Rouge Parish residents should be proud of our own community.
J. Thiel Amiss