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LSU Player: I Was 'Violated Numerous Times' in Police Stop

3 Baton Rouge officers placed on leave

(Newser) - Police in Baton Rouge say three officers have been placed on administrative leave following a Saturday night incident in which LSU Tigers player Koy Moore said he was "violated." "Last night, I was approached by a policeman. They pulled guns on me assuming I had a gun... More »

Hostess Attacked for Following Virus Rules Won't Return to Job

Police make 3 arrests in assault of 17-year-old who enforced social distancing

(Newser) - When a group of 13 arrived at a Louisiana Chili's last weekend to dine, the hostess explained that the restaurant's social distancing rules limit each table to six people. The group became agressive then, Kelsy Wallace said. She was trying to figure out where to put everyone when... More »

Activist Confronts School Board Member, Goes Viral

Gary Chambers wasn't having it when Connie Bernard defended school named for Robert E. Lee

(Newser) - An activist who showed up at a Louisiana school board meeting has gone viral after he confronted one board member who defended keeping the name of a school named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and seemed to be shopping online during the Thursday meeting, per ABC News . "I... More »

Pastor Rallies Hundreds, Claims COVID-19 Is 'Political'

The Rev. Tony Spell of Louisiana intends to continue services until forced to stop

(Newser) - Louisiana had already banned gatherings of more than 50 people before Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a statewide order against groups of more than 10 on Sunday. But the first order didn't stop a pastor from herding a claimed 1,000 people into his church week after week, and... More »

Rape Victim to Judge's $150K Restitution Idea: Uh, No

Bruce Bennett offered to reduce 12-year sentence for Sedrick Hills if he financially compensated victim

(Newser) - A rape victim's response to what a Louisiana judge likely thought was a generous offer: No thanks. The AP reports District Court Judge Bruce Bennett made the surprising overture Thursday right after he'd sentenced 44-year-old Sedrick Hills to 12 years behind bars for raping the woman, now 31,... More »

This Is America's 'Greenest' City

San Francisco tops WalletHub's California-dominant list

(Newser) - The Golden State might be more appropriately called green, according to WalletHub . The site looked at 28 "green" indicators—including water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, annual excess fuel consumption, and the share of electricity from renewable sources—in America's 100 largest cities to find those that... More »

Police: Beloved Activist Found Dead in Trunk Killed by Tenant

Ronn Jermaine Bell, 38, was said to be behind on the rent owed to Sadie Roberts-Smith

(Newser) - Police in Baton Rouge, La., called it a "heinous act," and on Tuesday they announced they had made an arrest. Chief Murphy J. Paul Jr. says Ronn Jermaine Bell, 38, has been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of black activist Sadie Roberts-Smith—who... More »

Black Activist Found 'Murdered' in Car Trunk

Sadie Roberts-Smith 'was amazing and loved her history'

(Newser) - Louisiana police made a shocking find Friday: A black activist who helped establish an African American museum lay dead in a car trunk, ABC News reports. Sadie Roberts-Smith, 75, was discovered in a residential part of downtown Baton Rouge. "Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or... More »

Officer Who Killed Alton Sterling Fired

2nd Baton Rouge police officer suspended without pay

(Newser) - The Louisiana police officer who shot and killed Alton Sterling in July 2016 was fired from the Baton Rouge police force Friday, the New York Times reports. Blane Salamoni shot Sterling six times outside a convenience store where the 37-year-old was selling CDs. A second officer, Howie Lake, was suspended... More »

Cops Won't Face Charges in Baton Rouge Shooting

State attorney general announces decision in Alton Sterling case

(Newser) - Louisiana's attorney general has ruled out criminal charges against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man whose death fueled widespread protests. Attorney General Jeff Landry's announcement Tuesday comes nearly 11 months after the Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges in... More »

White Man Arrested in Potentially Race-Based Murders

Police say Kenneth Gleason killed 2 black men, fired into home of black family

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 23-year-old white man who allegedly killed two black men and fired shots into the home of a black family over the past two weeks in Louisiana, the AP reports. Kenneth Gleason, who was arrested Tuesday in Baton Rouge on suspicion of first-degree murder, was tied to... More »

Suspect Held After 'Racially Motivated' Louisiana Murders

2 black men were shot dead in separate incidents

(Newser) - Police in Louisiana suspect that a man taken into custody Saturday is the attacker who killed two black men in apparently random, possibly racially motivated murders. Police say Kenneth Gleason, 23, has been charged only with drug offenses for now because they don't have enough evidence for a murder... More »

Baton Rouge Cop Sues Black Lives Matter, Leaders

Complaint by officer injured in gunman's ambush says BLM incited violence

(Newser) - Last July, a police officer in Baton Rouge, La., was seriously injured after a gunman ambushed him and five other members of law enforcement, killing three—and now that officer is suing various arms of the Black Lives Matter movement and some of its leaders, CNN reports. The complaint filed... More »

Woman Sees Cop in Trouble, Jumps on Attacker's Back

Vickie Williams-Tillman is being hailed as a hero

(Newser) - When Vickie Williams-Tillman saw a police officer struggling with someone on the side of the road as she was headed out to shop Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, the 56-year-old says she didn't have time to think. "I could see in his eyes he needed help," she... More »

Black Lives Matter Activist Sues Baton Rouge Over Arrest

DeRay Mckesson says the police were 'militarized and aggressive'

(Newser) - Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson sued the city of Baton Rouge and police officials on Thursday, saying officers responded in a "militarized and aggressive manner" in arresting him and other people protesting the police shooting death of Alton Sterling , the AP reports. The federal class-action lawsuit, which names... More »

'No Lives Matter' Anymore: Slain Cop's Sister

Joycelyn Jackson never worried about her brother until recently

(Newser) - "It's coming to the point where no lives matter. Whether you're black or white or Hispanic or whatever." That's what Joycelyn Jackson has to say after her younger brother, Montrell Jackson, was killed along with two other police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday. Joycelyn... More »

Slain Officer Wrote of Struggles as Black Cop

Baton Rouge shooter was former Marine

(Newser) - "I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me," wrote Montrell Jackson a few days before he was gunned down along with two other Baton Rouge officers on Sunday morning. The 32-year-old, who joined the force 10 years ago, made emotional... More »

Police Sources Identify Baton Rouge Shooter

It was Gavin Long's birthday, according to reports

(Newser) - Louisiana's superintendent of state police says there is "no active shooter scenario going on in Baton Rouge," the New York Times reports. That announcement comes hours after three police officers were gunned down Sunday morning. Three other officers were wounded. The suspect was killed. According to earlier... More »

3 Cops Shot, Killed in Baton Rouge

At least 3 more shot, and 1 shooter is dead; 2 others believed at large

(Newser) - At least three police officers in Baton Rouge have died after being shot Sunday, reports the Advocate , in a chaotic scene that is reportedly still active. Three other cops were shot and one suspected gunman is dead, reports the AP ; another two suspects are believed to still be at large.... More »

ACLU Sues Baton Rouge Police Over Protests

Lawsuit claims riot-gear clad cops stomped on protesters' rights

(Newser) - Civil rights groups and activists sued Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies over their treatment of protesters rallying against the police shooting death of Alton Sterling, saying officers used excessive force and physically and verbally abused peaceful demonstrators, the AP reports. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday by the ACLU of Louisiana.... More »

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