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Brothers in Uniform (1982)




Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-10-27

Duration: 00:27:28

Subjects: Law Enforcement | Crime | Prisons | African Americans | Filmed panel discussions


  • Sexton, Sharon Elizabeth Host
  • Smith, Garland Panelist
  • Johnson, Lionel Panelist
  • Brown, Reginald Panelist


This episode of the series “Folks” from October 27, 1982, features host Sharon Elizabeth Sexton leading a live panel discussion with three African Americans in law enforcement. The panelists are: Deputy Garland Smith of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office; Reverend Lionel Johnson of the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office; and Major Reginald Brown of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. They discuss: the work of law enforcement; their crime prevention programs; the relationship between the black community and law enforcement; the high number of African Americans in prison; and whether the white and black communities receive different treatment from law enforcement. The panelists also answer call-in questions from viewers.