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Panelist Bio


D.A. Charles Scott
Caddo Parish, La. District Attorneys Association

Charles Scott is the District Attorney for Caddo Parish (First Judicial District, State of La.) and President, Louisiana District Attorney’s Association. He is also Chairman of the North Louisiana Crime Lab (serving 29 parishes in North La.) and a Member of the Governor’s Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board.

He is a former President of the Louisiana District Judges Association and was a District Judge for 25 years, serving five years as Chief Judge, First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish) and is a former President, of the Second Circuit Judges’ Association. Scott was first elected as Judge to the Shreveport City Court before serving on the District Court. He has also served as a Judge Ad Hoc, for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

He received his undergraduate education at Northwestern State University in his hometown of Natchitoches and his legal education from L.S.U. Law School, receiving a Juris Doctor degree.

Scott has served as Co-Chair, Master Plan Committee C.M.I.S (Case Management Information System) and as a member, Louisiana Judicial Budgetary Control Board. He is the former Chairman, Committee to Evaluate Requests for New Judgeships, a committee of the Judicial Council. Scott has served on the Governor's Task Force on Violent Crime and Homicide and on the Committee to Study Proper Court Reporting in Louisiana. He served for years as an instructor in the L.S.U – Shreveport Paralegal Program. He is a past President of the Harry V. Booth–Judge Henry A. Politz Chapter of the American Inn of Court.

Scott has previously served as a member of the Louisiana Judicial Council and as a member of the, Governor's Task Force on Child Support Enforcement. He was an Assistant City Attorney and a Special Assistant District Attorney.

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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 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Monday, February 20)

Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

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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