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Panelist Bio


E. Reid Brau
Executive Director, American Red Cross - Northwest Louisiana Chapter

E. Reid Brau has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross since 1989. Mr. Brau has been with the Red Cross for almost 31 years. The Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross covers an area spanning ten parishes. He also serves as the Regional Executive Director for the North Louisiana Red Cross chapters, including Central and Northeast Louisiana, an area covering 30 parishes.

Mr. Brau works with his chapter Board of Directors, the American National Red Cross, his community chapters, staff and the general public on a daily basis. He is the chief liaison between the Red Cross and regional organizations such as the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He works closely with the politicians and leaders in several of the major cities throughout north Louisiana. He also spearheads all Northwest Louisiana Red Cross Disaster Response. In fact, Mr. Brau has been with Red Cross for all five of the biggest disasters to hit our area or the nation (Bossier Tornado - 1978, North Louisiana Floods - 1991, Benton Tornado - 1999, September 11th - 2001, Hurricanes Katrina & Rita - 2005). He has watched the face of disaster response change dramatically over the years, evolving into what it has become today - a much more interactive, personal approach.

Mr. Brau is a past member of the Board of Directors for Noel United Methodist Church, the North Shreveport Industrial Park and the Caddo Council on Aging. He is a member of the Rotary Club and serves on several committees related to disaster preparedness. Mr. Brau has a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is married with two daughters: Heather, an interior designer in Florida and Molly, an accomplished artist who is currently a senior at LSU in Baton Rouge.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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