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Louisiana State Police promise more transparency, reforms within agency

Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 12:51 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2021 at 3:05 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Officials with Louisiana State Police (LSP) held a news conference on Friday, Sept. 10 to respond to explain reforms within the law enforcement agency.

Col. Lamar Davis also spoke in response to a recent Associated Press article about the agency’s internal investigations of traffic stops involving Ronald Greene and Aaron Bowman.

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Greene died following his arrest in 2019.

Col. Davis says he is implementing the following changes to the law enforcement agency:

  • Bring diversity to Louisiana State Police and making the command team more diverse. ‘Diversity is value added’, says Col. Davis
  • Duty to Intervene policy- additional tools to stop excessive force regardless of rank or status.
  • Mandated body cameras – Supervisors will review officer body cam footage every quarter.
  • Use of force; ban of choke holds, no weapons around head or neck and use of less than lethal weapons
  • Implicit bias training- to decrease biases
  • De-escalation training programs which gives an opportunity to approach situations to get the best outcome.
  • Fourth investigative unit to investigate officer related shootings and jail related deaths.

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