Tag: Louisiana

Protesters Arrested, Obama Seeks Unity, Families Call for Peace

With the backdrop of nationwide protests over police shootings last week and the tragedy in Dallas, comments over the weekend ranged from President Barack Obama saying we are not in a race war to Bill O’Reilly calling Black Lives Matter a “hate America” group. Hundreds of Protesters Arrested in Demonstrations…

Police Shoot Black Man Point Blank While Restrained on Ground

UPDATE: 1 p.m. ET July 6, 2016 The Baton Rouge Police Department has identified the two officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling as Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II. Both officers, who work in the Uniform Patrol Division, were placed on administrative leave Tuesday morning. Lake has…

Louisiana Extends Hate Crime Protections to Police

Louisiana on Thursday became the first state in the nation to include law enforcement officers as a protected class under hate-crime law, treating attacks on public safety workers the same as attacks motivated by race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation. The “Blue Lives Matter” bill was signed into law…

New Louisiana Gov. to Fight LGBT Job Discrimination

Future Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards stated he wants to issue a protective law for LGBT employees when he takes office in January. It is currently legal to fire someone based on his or her sexual orientation in Louisiana (New Orleans and Shreveport have exceptions). Including Louisiana, it is currently…