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Rep. Rick Gallot, Jr.
(D); House & Governmental Affairs Committee Chair

Richard "Rick" Gallot, Jr. is an African American Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, who has represented the 11th District since the fall of 2000.

The district was established after the 1990 census to guarantee a black voter majority. Gallot won the position after the popular incumbent Pinkie C. Wilkerson of Grambling was killed on August 1, 2000, in a six-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 in Bossier City. At the time of her death, Wilkerson had been scheduled two weeks thereafter as a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, California.

Gallot is ineligible to seek a fourth term in the Louisiana House in the nonpartisan blanket primary set for the fall of 2011. In the 2007 primary, he handily defeated the sister of Pinkie Wilkerson to win his third term in the legislative chamber. Gallot is also a member of the Gamma Psi chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

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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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