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Black & the Blue (2017)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-02-22

Duration: 00:57:39

Subjects: Baton Rouge Police Department | Police shootings | Filmed panel discussions | Law Enforcement | Sterling, Alton, d. 2016 | Shooting of Baton Rouge police officers, 2016 | Community policing


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Jetson, Raymond Host
  • Mann, Bob Moderator
  • Merrick, Robyn Moderator
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Johnson, F. Willis Interviewee
  • Snyder, Patti Interviewee
  • Chambers, Gary Interviewee
  • McGarner, Robert Interviewee
  • Andrus, Rick Panelist
  • Broome, Sharon Weston Panelist
  • Basco, Darrell Panelist
  • James, Ted Panelist
  • Riegel, Stephanie Panelist
  • Chambers, Gary Speaker
  • Bell, George Speaker
  • Barrow, Dezmion Speaker
  • Gallagher, Jim Speaker
  • Smith, Allison Speaker
  • Freeman, Yolanda Speaker
  • Powell, Dawn Speaker
  • Waters, Chris Speaker
  • Williams, Reginald Speaker
  • Torres, Jose Speaker


This special episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from February 22, 2017, features Robyn Merrick and Bob Mann moderating a town hall discussion at Star Hill Church in Baton Rouge on ways to improve the trust between police and the communities they serve. A background report on the shooting death of Alton Sterling and the deaths of three Baton Rouge police officers in an ambush in July 2016 precedes the discussion. The panelists are: Father Rick Andrus of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and Together Baton Rouge; Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome; Deputy Chief Darrell Basco, the state president of the Fraternal Order of Police; State Representative Ted James; and Stephanie Riegel, the editor of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. They discuss: the policy changes that have taken place in Baton Rouge since July; the role non-profits can play; improving the relationship between law enforcement and African American males; ensuring safe and peaceful protests; funding additional law enforcement training; ensuring transparency and accountability for law enforcement officers regarding the use of force; the role of the media in the community’s perception of law enforcement; the need for more dialogue between teenagers and law enforcement officers; the role universities can play; and community policing. Hosts: Beth Courtney, Reverend Raymond Jetson, Bob Mann, and Robyn Merrick