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As the city's first class of community police ambassadors plans for the year ahead, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul asked the participants Tuesday to focus on bridging the gap between officers and residents -- instead of presenting a police reform agenda. "You're ambassadors for the ...
A Baton Rouge police officer who was involved in the July 5, 2016 killing of Alton Sterling returned to work earlier this month after the U.S. Department of Justice and the Louisiana Attorney General's Office declined to file charges against him and the Baton Rouge police Department suspended him for ...

After less than four months on the job, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul stepped into the national spotlight, announcing his decision to fire Officer Blane Salamoni for violating department policies during his 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling. Now attention is set to turn to a relatively obscure ... Baton Rouge
A chilling email was leaked the day before Louisiana officials announced they would not file criminal charges against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the shooting death of Alton Sterling outside a convenience store in July 2016. According to published reports, a police special operations unit ...
A police officer who fatally shot a black man in Baton Rouge, La., nearly two years ago was fired on Friday, and a fellow officer involved in the episode was suspended for three days. The disciplinary actions were the first serious consequences for the officers after both state and federal officials declined ... police
Authorities in Louisiana said Tuesday that the Baton Rouge police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling will not face criminal charges, a decision announced nearly two years after his death prompted intense protests. The announcement makes Sterling's death the latest high-profile ...

A Baton Rouge police officer on a motorcycle was seriously injured after a crash Monday afternoon on Scenic Highway, said police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. The officer was transported to the hospital from the 3200 block of Scenic Highway about 12:15 p.m., Coppola said. Story Continued Below.
BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for a man who broke into a vehicle outside a local business Tuesday. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the burglary happened around 10:45 Tuesday night in the 1900 block of Wooddale Boulevard. Police the thief smashed out the window of a ...
For the first time in 60 years, Baton Rouge voters have the chance to decide the fate of a small property tax for the Baton Rouge Police Department. Those who live within the city limits will see a .87 mill property tax on their spring ballots, while voters parishwide will see taxes for schools as well. ...
Blane Salamoni on Friday appealed being fired for his actions in the 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling, disputing the Baton Rouge police chief's claims that he unnecessarily escalated the confrontation by immediately pointing a gun at the suspect's head and yelling obscenities during the ... Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul and provisional Deputy Chief Robert McGarner at the scene where a woman was shot in the 800 block of South Boulevard, near Iberville Boulevard, Friday night. Some neighbors came out after seeing the lights. Paul shook all of their hands before ducking under the ... Baton Rouge
Gary Meise with the Together Baton Rouge sign Friday Jan. 26, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. Story about Baton Rouge Police Department's new Ambassador program. Gary Meise is one of about 25 city residents participating in the first class of ambassadors as the program launches this month, aimed at ... Baton Rouge
Three people are now in custody after a stolen car crashed into the church during a police pursuit Friday Jan. 26, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. BRPD PIO Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said the pursuit began around 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Claycut Road and Foster Drive. The pursuit ended when the car ... Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul and provisional Deputy Chief Robert McGarner at the scene where a woman was shot in the 800 block of South Boulevard, near Iberville Boulevard, Friday night. Some neighbors came out after seeing the lights. Paul shook all of their hands before ducking under the ... Baton Rouge
When the city of Baton Rouge needed a new police chief, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome appointed a search committee that held public meetings to discuss the position. The names of applicants were made public, and the finalists participated in public interviews conducted by search committee members. Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge interstate system still shut down, but there's hope for Thursday; live updates ... What's it going to take to get Baton Rouge area roads and interstates back in operation? ... State Police have reported three to four times more wrecks than usual in recent days, mostly due to road conditions. Baton Rouge
A Baton Rouge Police Dept. unit unit blocks access to I-10 at the westbound entrance ramp from College Drive, as temperatures stay below freezing, Wednesday ... Major roads, interstates and bridges in the Baton Rouge area were shut down Wednesday morning after conditions worsened overnight due to ... Baton Rouge

A man accidentally shot and wounded himself Tuesday morning on Harry Drive, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. Story Continued Below. It appeared the man was injured in a lower limb after the incident, which happened about 11 a.m. in the 6800 block of Harry Drive, Coppola ... Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - Police are seeking a suspect in connection with a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the crime happened around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Chase bank on Monterrey Boulevard. Police a black male suspect ... Baton Rouge
But police got lucky in this case. They tracked down some surveillance video of the suspect, stealing parking meters on North 6th Street in Downtown Baton Rouge. Police now have a warrant for the arrest of 36-year old Randy Deon Thomas. He's wanted for burglarizing or stealing almost 80 parking meters ... Baton Rouge
Trenisha Jackson, widow of Baton Rouge police Cpl. Montrell Jackson, holds their child Mason Jackson, as she arrives to view his casket at the Living Faith Christian Center in Baton Rouge, La., on July 25, 2016. Jackson and two other law enforcement officers were killed and three others wounded July 17, ... Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Police investigate a shooting at the City Town Meat Market on Sycamore Street near Beechwood Drive, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. ... One person was shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday evening in north Baton Rouge, police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said. Baton Rouge
Though the Sheriff's Department received some federal reimbursements to replace police cars and other equipment lost when floods inundated Baton Rouge in 2016, Gautreaux said, there was no reimbursement to recoup lost property tax revenue. The Sheriff's Department is almost entirely dependent ... Baton Rouge
Congratulations to Murphy Paul as he takes the helm as the new chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department. Paul was officially sworn in Monday as the city's police chief, moving to the post from his previous job as deputy superintendent of the Bureau of Investigation for Louisiana State Police. Paul knows ... Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Police on Tuesday released photos of man who they believe was the getaway driver in a September homicide that killed a 21-year-old man, said police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola. Investigators believe the man in the photos drove a black Ford Fusion that was been connected to the killing ... Baton Rouge
Surrounded by friends and family, Murphy Paul, center, hugs Chief Federal Judge Brian Jackson, Middle District of Louisiana, back to camera, after being officially sworn in as Chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department by Monday Jan. 8, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. The ceremony was held in the Metro ... Baton Rouge
A Baton Rouge man was arrested Saturday after investigators found his wallet last month at the scene of a robbery where a store clerk was beat with a hammer, according to a Baton Rouge police report. Police said Michael Everett, 47, entered the Florida Boulevard Circle K around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. Baton Rouge
Police say the nursing student and mother was killed by her boyfriend. It was impossible to know at the time, but that first killing of 2017 was a start to what would become the most murderous year in known history for East Baton Rouge Parish: reaching what authorities believe are unprecedented levels of ... Baton Rouge
Interim BRPD Chief Jonny Dunnam left, gives the BRPD Chief's badge to Louisiana State Police Lt. Col. Murphy Paul, right, who was appointed as the new Chief of Police for the Baton Rouge Police Department by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome Friday Dec. 29, 2017, Baton Rouge, La. He was ... Baton Rouge
In 2014, Baton Rouge Police Department homicide detectives worked 53 homicide cases. At that time, there were 17 officers in the unit. Three years later, as the number of killings in the city soars to a historic high, four fewer homicide detectives are staffing the critical division, a ripple effect from an officer ... Baton Rouge
A man killed in one of two nearby shootings in Baton Rouge Friday has been identified. Carl K. Moore Jr., 32, was killed in the shooting outside of a barbershop in the 3200 block of Plank Road. The shooting occurred about 3 p.m., Baton Rouge police said. Story Continued Below. Moore's address was ... Baton Rouge
Ronald Stevens previously worked for the Baton Rouge Police Department for 29 years in a number of roles. He was the chief of the Southern University Police Department and, more recently, as an investigator at the Louisiana Department of Justice, which is a division of the state Attorney General's Office. Baton Rouge
Police are looking for a Baton Rouge man who is accused of drunkenly beating a man in Central City who later died from his injuries. According to the New Orleans Police Department, 25-year-old Garrett James Ward is wanted for the second-degree murder of Arnold Jackson on Jan. 6. Around 1:30 a.m., ... Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge police now allege that a 24-year-old man already in jail in a separate attempted murder count is responsible for the August shooting death of a 64-year-old man, said police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. Kasey Gray, of 2625 Madison Ave., was booked Monday into Parish Prison on one ... Baton Rouge
The Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System, MPERS, has spent years fighting a policy that allows Baton Rouge police officers to apply overtime payments toward their retirement calculations. Officers who pad their salaries by working overtime can receive higher annual retirement payments than ... Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge police are investigating a two-vehicle crash Friday near Winbourne Avenue and Dougherty Drive that killed a Woodville, Mississippi, man and injured one other person. Oliver Perry, 67, was taken to a hospital but died later Friday from his injuries, said Sgt. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge ... Baton Rouge
Gunshots rang out through a residential neighborhood in north Baton Rouge late Wednesday morning, leaving one man dead and his family distraught. Crews responded around 11:45 a.m. to Avenue E near Elmer Avenue just north of Southern University's campus and found 59-year-old Billie Rollins, ... Baton Rouge
Murphy Paul, who was recently selected by East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome to be the next chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department, will be officially sworn in on Monday, January 8. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. in the metro council ... Baton Rouge
LSU officials named the interim head of the LSU Police Department as their new university police chief Friday morning, choosing him from among a diverse pool of 27 applicants who hailed from as far away as Las Vegas and Haiti. Bart Thompson, who has been with LSU Police since 2010, has served as ... Baton Rouge
A civil service board Thursday upheld the termination of Baton Rouge police officer Derek Burns, who was fired from the department five years ago after his arrest on accusations that he falsified misdemeanor summonses. The board was told that investigators had concluded Burns falsified the documents ... Baton Rouge
East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome completed her interviews Friday of the last two of the five finalists for the Baton Rouge police chief position and will make a final decision by the end of the year. Broome interviewed the finalists last week after a committee she organized ... Baton Rouge
The East Baton Rouge Metro Council voted unanimously Wednesday during its final meeting of the year to dole out money to help the Baton Rouge Police Department purchase new vehicles; to help the Baton Rouge Fire Department build new stations; to repair damaged governmental buildings; and to ... Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - This Friday, there's an event to help raise money for injured Baton Rouge Police Officer Rickey Faust. In March, Faust was involved in a single-car crash responding to a call. A fundraiser a couple of weeks ago raised the funds needed to purchase a van, equipped with the tools necessary ... Baton Rouge
Authorities are investigating a shooting in downtown Baton Rouge reported around 8:30 a.m. Thursday that left two people injured, according to Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely. Story Continued Below. McKneely said the incident was a robbery and the suspects are still at large. Baton Rouge
Nearly $93 million is allocated to pay for the Baton Rouge Police Department's operations next year. The budget includes $845,000 for body camera maintenance and video storage. The police department's budget includes funding for two academies of 35 recruits each to help an agency that is short on ... Baton Rouge
Training sessions will start in January for the first group of community police ambassadors participating in a program aimed at reducing tensions between Baton Rouge police officers and the residents they serve. At an informational meeting Monday, organizers said they plan to accept all applicants who ... Baton Rouge
Officials have said the recent uptick in homicides has also placed a strain on law enforcement agencies already experiencing low staffing levels. Despite the overall personnel shortage, Baton Rouge Police Department has recently expanded its teams of homicide detectives and street crimes officers. Baton Rouge
A man jumped off an overpass to avoid being hit while checking his car for damage after crashing into the barrier Saturday afternoon, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely. Story Continued Below. The man jumped off the I-10 West overpass near the I-110 split. The extent of his ... Baton Rouge
A Baton Rouge homeowner held a man he caught trying to break into his house at gunpoint and broadcast the incident on Facebook live until the police arrived Wednesday, according to a WBRZ report. Caesar Ray said he was working on his home that flooded when he heard his daughter's car alarm go ... Baton Rouge
However, if the city of Baton Rouge was to absorb all of the remaining unincorporated ares of the parish it would place an enormous strain on the police department, Nijoka said. And while there has been periodic disussion of combining city police with the parish Sheriff's Office, no one's ever been able to ... Baton Rouge


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