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Louisiana After Ferguson (2015)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-01-28

Duration: 00:58:06

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Law Enforcement | Race | African Americans


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Washington, Byron Interviewee
  • Redman, Carl Interviewee
  • Blanche, Fabian Interviewee
  • Esman, Marjorie Interviewee
  • Crump, Maxine Interviewee
  • Durham, Missy Speaker
  • Davis, Greg Speaker
  • Navarro, Francisco Speaker
  • McLennon, Marvin Speaker
  • Corie, Sarah Speaker
  • Landry, Bill Speaker
  • Brown, Beverly Speaker
  • Dodson, Jacques, Jr. Speaker
  • Gregory, Kyomi Speaker
  • Brown, Stacy Speaker
  • Hyndman, Sarah Speaker
  • Lewis, Gabrielle Speaker
  • Jackson, Sherman Panelist
  • Johnson, Ernest Panelist
  • Moore, Hillar Panelist
  • Diamond, Ray Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 28, 2015, features Shauna Sanford leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Byron Washington, community activist; Carl Redman, retired executive editor of The Advocate newspaper; Fabian Blanche, the executive director of the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police; Marjorie Esman of the ACLU Louisiana; and Maxine Crump of Dialogue on Race Louisiana. The audience members then discuss their views on how the media handled the issue of race in covering the events in Ferguson. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Chief Sherman Jackson of the Gonzales Police Department; Dr. Ernest Johnson, the president of the Louisiana NAACP; East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore, the president of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association; and Ray Diamond, attorney and LSU law professor. They discuss: the relationship between the police and the communities they serve; neighborhood watch groups; sensitivity training for police; restoring trust between the community and law enforcement; filing complaints against police officers; how to interact with the police; the cycle of distrust; the ongoing conversation about race; the use of police body cameras; who polices the police; and the militarization of the police. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Shauna Sanford