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Louisiana Public Square: Black & Blue - A Community Dialogue


Airs Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 6 p.m. 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 twelve white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge.
     How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? Will new use-of-force policies for Baton Rouge officers de-escalate violence in confrontations? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue.”


Our panelists are:
•Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
•Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
•Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police 
•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 moderate the discussion.