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01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

In September, the U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old New Iberia black man that local officials say shot himself in the chest while handcuffed in an Iberia Parish Sheriff’s vehicle. The New Orleans Police Department is currently under a Department of Justice Consent Decree for civil rights violations. These events and recent others in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York have raised questions about the tactics that law enforcement officers use in their interactions with the public, particularly African-Americans.

So, who polices the police in Louisiana? Is the mistrust of law enforcement by the black community justified? When, if ever, is racial profiling okay? What is the difference between “reasonable” and “excessive” force? And can community policing change perceptions among the police and the public they serve?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Louisiana After Ferguson” Wednesday, January 28 at 7 pm on LPB HD.

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