Baton Rouge Police Probe

Baton Rouge Police Probe

Civil Rights Violations?

In 2010, five years after Hurricane Katrina, the Baton Rouge Police Department was being besieged by complaints from out-of-state law enforcement agencies sent in to help with the relocation of citizens coming to Baton Rouge. The U.S. Department of Justice—Civil Rights Division—is leading the investigation.

The gist of the allegations is that the Baton Rouge police used excess force, unnecessary violence, harassment techniques and illegal search, during a wave of crime that occurred after Hurricane Katrina. These actions were taken against black people, primarily those moved to Baton Rouge from New Orleans by state and federal agencies.

The police department was “low hanging fruit” for the Justice Department since it and many other agencies and organizations are currently dissecting the actions of the New Orleans Police Department during the same period.

The black Mayor of Baton Rouge, Kip Holden made a statement that “I was not going to let Baton Rouge be overrun by some people from New Orleans who was hell-bent on committing crimes.” In a separate statement, the tough talking Holden also said “If there’s a blame to be placed on aggressive enforcement, blame it on me.”

Cities such as Houston, Texas and others also experienced a wave of crime after government sanctioned relocations of people from New Orleans who lost their homes during Katrina. Many others simply joined the relocation effort to take advantage of the benefits, including debit cards, doled out by the government.

When the government hands out free money by the fistful, all manner of people are going to queue up to get as much as possible. Living off the government allows a lot of free time for illegal pursuits.