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  • Metro Council to address WBRZ report on officers' extra duty while on department leave

    October 4, 2017 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Calls for oversight of the Baton Rouge Police Department grew Wednesday, nearly a week after a WBRZ Investigative Unit report found officers on leave were able to accrue extra duty pay. Typically, officers on leave for some reason are not allowed to work as a police... more »
  • BRPD meets with State Police, no decision on troopers policing Baton Rouge announced Play Video

    October 2, 2017 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police released a generic statement Monday about its meeting with State Police, coming after the mayor asked for troopers to assist in combating crime in Baton Rouge. Friday, the mayor told WBRZ, she requested State Police assistance in fighting violence in the city. She... more »
  • State lawmaker calls for review of BRPD after WBRZ report

    October 2, 2017 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A state lawmaker and former city official is asking for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor to investigate extra-duty assignments within the Baton Rouge Police Department. The request comes after the WBRZ Investigative Unit reported last week, officers on administrative leave were still collecting payment from extra duty.... more »
  • Investigative Unit: Officers on leave allowed to work extra duty Play Video

    September 28, 2017 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Police Department changed its policy on who could be assigned extra duty after the WBRZ Investigative Unit found officers on administrative leave were still collecting payment from extra duty. Among those was Blane Salamoni, the officer who is tied to the shooting death of... more »
  • Here are the names of the applicants for Baton Rouge Police Chief

    August 31, 2017 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Twelve people have applied to be the next police chief. WBRZ obtained the names of the applicants through a public records request this week. The names were released Thursday. The names are of those who applied and are not vetted or necessarily eligible for the position,... more »
  • Several Louisiana state parks closed due to Harvey

    August 30, 2017 4:24 PM

    Several state parks across Louisiana have closed due to inclement weather brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey. As of Wednesday afternoon, the following parks have been closed: • Fairview-Riverside SP: closed until Monday, Sept. 4, due to high water in the park and over the entrance roads. ... more »
  • Man who attacked officer before good Samaritan intervened pleads guilty

    August 30, 2017 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The criminal whose attack on a Baton Rouge Police officer was thwarted by a good Samaritan pleaded guilty for the violent encounter this week. Thomas Bennett pleaded guilty to disarming a police officer, aggravated battery, possession of cocaine and a burglary charge. Bennett will be sentenced... more »
  • New task force gets to work to tackle violent crime this afternoon Play Video

    August 4, 2017 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Friday evening, there will be change to how Baton Rouge Police combat violent crime. After a violent crime wave this summer, the department announced a ten-officer unit that will focus on violent crime exclusively and patrol dangerous streets when they're not working a crime scene. Officers... more »
  • Husband run over by wife driving box truck at the end of a bizarre overnight fight

    July 28, 2017 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A night-long fight between a husband and wife ended with both of them in the hospital and police expecting to file charges against the man. Neither have been identified as of this post. The situation started around 1 o'clock Friday morning when the couple began... more »
  • Two people shot, multiple crime scenes after overnight shooting

    July 19, 2017 12:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayhem broke out along Highland Road in Old South Baton Rouge late Tuesday as police worked a shooting on one street and incidents a few blocks away related to the gun violence. Two people were shot in the 1900 block of Kentucky around 11 o'clock. Police... more »
  • Five injured in four shootings during violent night in Baton Rouge Play Video

    July 13, 2017 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies and police were busy overnight, responding to four reports of shootings. At least one other shooting was reported but appears unsubstantiated. At one of the shooting scenes, there was also a report of a stabbing. District Attorney Hillar Moore said the rise in crime has... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Slaughter Police department in turmoil Play Video

    June 28, 2017 7:52 PM

    SLAUGHTER - The Police Department in the Town of Slaughter is in turmoil tonight, after the Chief and the majority of his department called it quits. All of this follows stories by the Investigative Unit that showed Slaughter Mayor Robert Jackson had a quota system where he wanted Police Officers... more »
  • In first statement since latest police shooting, mayor says body cameras are coming

    June 16, 2017 7:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome broke her silence Friday related to the deadly officer-involved shooting earlier in the week. A statement released at 6 p.m. Friday was the first message the mayor's had on the shooting. The mayor's remarks focused on police body... more »
  • Suspect in custody after possible hostage situation in North Baton Rouge Play Video

    June 14, 2017 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – One man is in custody after a possible hostage situation that occurred on Wednesday afternoon on Madison Avenue. A team of tactical police officers secured the area due to a threatening situation reported to law enforcement just after 3 p.m. Wednesday. Baton Rouge Police, which... more »
  • Attorneys for suspect in deadly police pursuit release statement

    June 8, 2017 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The suspect accused of running over a child during a police chase through a residential area recently faces additional charges and new jail information further explains the chaos that unfolded at both the beginning and deadly end of the chase. The suspect, Joshual Hilton, now faces... more »
  • Councilwoman wants chief to talk about cops involved in Alton Sterling's death

    May 25, 2017 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police Chief Carl Dabadie will be summoned to discuss his department's internal investigation into the officers involved in the shooting death of Alton Sterling at an upcoming Metro Council meeting. Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis told WBRZ Thursday, she has filed three pieces of city legislation. Two deal... more »
  • BRPD dealing with fewer applicants, increase in open positions Play Video

    May 24, 2017 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Police Department is trying to fill 54 open positions that are currently available. It comes at a time when applications to become a Baton Rouge Police Officer are down, which recruiters say is a national trend. Pay is one of the biggest challenges. Smaller departments... more »
  • Washington, DC hosts vigil for fallen officers Saturday

    May 13, 2017 6:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - A candlelight vigil was held to honor all whose names were added to the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial over the past year. Over 30,000 law enforcement officers, survivors and supporters were expected to attend the event Saturday. The vigil honored the 394 officers... more »
  • Burglaries increase near Webb Park Play Video

    May 9, 2017 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A small neighborhood just off College Drive has seen a recent rash of burglaries according to residents. Jim Gillen rents a house near Webb Park where someone ripped apart a window and made off with a small fortune last week. "They stole two Rolex watches, a... more »
  • BRPD: Murder rate increases by 80 percent Play Video

    May 1, 2017 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Crime statistics released by Baton Rouge Police today for the first four months of the year paint a disturbing picture of what's unfolding so far inside the city limits of Baton Rouge. Homicides are up 80 percent compared to the same time last year. From January to April... more »
  • WATCH: EBR Mayor President discusses rumors of Alton Sterling decision Play Video

    April 28, 2017 10:59 PM

    East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome spoke on rumors of a decision from the federal government regarding the Alton Sterling shooting. "The truth is that no one knows a specific day or a specific date," Mayor Broome told News 2's Sylvia Weatherspoon. "I can assure you as the Mayor-President... more »
  • Video shows use of force by officers; Internal Affairs investigation underway Play Video

    April 13, 2017 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – There is an internal investigation following Baton Rouge Police using force to subdue someone in custody outside a South Baton Rouge convenience store this week. The WBRZ Investigative Unit confirmed through police there is an investigation underway, though, police said there have been no complaints filed... more »
  • Police association: Double standard for officers and bosses

    February 22, 2017 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A police officers' association is considering appealing an officer's suspension over a dog's shooting death recently, claiming the police department's policies are confusing and unorganized. The Magnolia State Peace Officer's Association said it has concerns over the handling of officer Abraham Wilson's suspension. Wilson shot and... more »
  • Robbery victim prompted standoff with police last Friday

    February 10, 2017 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a man retaliating for being robbed prompted a standoff with officers last week on Hammond Street. Baton Rouge Police say the robbery happened around midnight on Feb. 9 outside Cousins Food Mart on Airline Highway. According to arrest records, Robin Banks, 24, and Wesley... more »
  • NEW: Ex tells deputies she fears for her life, stalked by former police union president Play Video

    February 9, 2017 2:15 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – The ex-girlfriend of a Baton Rouge Police officer said she feared for her life and was threatened into believing her ex could get away with anything because of his job, a report obtained first by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit reveals. The file is connected... more »
  • Uber predicts surge in Baton Rouge on New Year's Eve

    December 30, 2016 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Even if it rains Saturday night, revelers are still expected to be out in force, and the mobile taxi service Uber could charge higher rates as a result. In an email, Uber predicts prices to surge right after midnight, and rates will likely remain high for hours.... more »
  • High-speed police chase down I-10 leaves behind 3 wrecks

    December 4, 2016 1:47 PM

    SORRENTO - Law enforcement officers from multiple departments were involved in a multi-parish pursuit Sunday morning. The chase started at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Baton Rouge. Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle. The two suspects inside the vehicle... more »
  • Sunday holiday trek home slows interstates through Baton Rouge

    November 27, 2016 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The notorious Sunday trek home from the Thanksgiving holiday has started. Slowdowns started before 11 o'clock Sunday morning and will likely last most of the afternoon. Traffic monitors warned drivers to expect delays on all interstates in the city - I-10, I-110 and I-12. Baton... more »
  • McKinley High football player recovering after drive-by shooting Play Video

    November 23, 2016 7:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- McKinley High School quarterback Bryant Lee was home Wednesday recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg according to family. The 17-year-old was standing in front of a house with friends Tuesday night on 73rd Avenue in North Baton Rouge when the drive-by occurred. The homeowner, Sheree... more »
  • WATCH: Inside the Baton Rouge Police academy Play Video

    November 15, 2016 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Twenty-eight men and women wanting to become police officers in Baton Rouge were introduced Tuesday morning. The group started the police academy this week. The newest recruits are the first class of potential police officers since the officer ambush in July. The police department said... more »
  • Some question why BRPD officer wasn't ticketed after causing crash Play Video

    November 14, 2016 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge Police officer who has only been with the department for a little over a year received no ticket after slamming into another Baton Rouge Police unit which caused a chain reaction crash Friday night. Tonight, some are questioning why. State Representative C. Denise... more »
  • Baton Rouge cop told to remove 'HMFIC' patch from uniform

    October 19, 2016 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A police lieutenant was asked to remove a patch he added to his uniform after appearing in a national magazine and then on a local news website in Chicago. Baton Rouge Police Lt. Robert McGarner was profiled by People Magazine about being a black cop patrolling... more »
  • Police identify woman shot, killed at Baton Rouge event hall

    October 5, 2016 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman found shot inside an event rental hall has died, police advised Wednesday evening. Initially, two people were reported shot. A man was injured and sought medical attention before first responders arrived. A woman, 49-year-old Youlanda Hunter was found by first responders at the business.... more »
  • One of two wrecks on Jefferson Hwy. involved a police officer

    August 19, 2016 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A police officer was involved in a wreck responding to a more serious crash near the corner of Jefferson and Drusilla Friday night. Initially, authorities were dispatched to a crash involving a motorcycle and an an automobile. The coroner's office was called to the crash involving... more »
  • Baton Rouge leaders work towards police reform Play Video

    August 8, 2016 7:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It was a lunch meeting but no one seemed to have time to eat. Cops, council members and black pastors discussed police policies Monday in response to the July 5th Alton Sterling shooting. "Nothing is off the table and nothing should be off the table," said councilman... more »
  • Signaling another council discussion, councilwoman to host police residency meeting

    August 2, 2016 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A week after a heated argument among city leaders and community activists over where Baton Rouge Police should live, Councilwoman Chauna Banks announced she will hold a community meeting on the issue this week. Banks proposed the ordinance that died at last week's Metro Council meeting... more »
  • Man threatens to kill David Duke, references Alton Sterling in YouTube video

    July 28, 2016 7:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested for posting videos on YouTube threatening to kill senatorial candidate David Duke and police officers. Anthony Moore, 22, posted a video around July 6, 2016. Moore was holding a pistol and pointed it at the camera. He threatened to kill on behalf... more »
  • Slain officers' relatives to get $250K in survivor benefits

    July 27, 2016 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Families of the three law enforcement officers who were shot and killed outside a Baton Rouge convenience store are each due to receive $250,000 in survivor benefits under a state law. A four-member state board that includes Attorney General Jeff Landry voted Wednesday to give its preliminary... more »
  • Custom-built free caskets donated to families of murdered officers Play Video

    July 21, 2016 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A special donation for three murdered law enforcement officers and their families arrived in Baton Rouge Thursday. Trey Ganem owns a company that makes specialized caskets. He says when we learned of the tragedy that occurred in Baton Rouge, he and his team immediately got to... more »
  • Community support brings hundreds of donations for BRPD Play Video

    July 21, 2016 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Hundreds of donations are pouring in tonight for the men and women that put their lives on the line each and everyday. The generosity of strangers is what's keeping those with the badge going. In the breakrooms at Baton Rouge Police Headquarters, messages of love are overflowing from... more »
  • Officials announce fund for murdered officers

    July 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An official donation account has been set up for murdered officers, the Baton Rouge Police Department announced Tuesday. Baton Rouge Union of Police, Magnolia State Peace Officers Association along with the Fraternal Order of Police organized accounts at all area Capital One Bank locations. Donations can... more »
  • In emotional Facebook post, wife says slain husband was her 'blue-eyed rock'

    July 19, 2016 11:21 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The wife of slain Baton Rouge Police Officer Matt Gerald broke her silence in an emotional Facebook post overnight. "I'm drawing my strength from all the love surrounding me from all directions," Dechia Badeaux Gerald posted on the social media site early Tuesday morning. The post... more »
  • Shooter wanted to kill police; Deputy on life support Monday Play Video

    July 17, 2016 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Authorities continue their investigation Monday into the ambush and murder of three law enforcement officials and the shooting injuring of three others the day before. > ALERT : Authorities released vivid information about the attack on officers at a 2 p.m. news conference Monday. Click HERE... more »
  • Sterling's 15-year-old son calls for peaceful protests Play Video

    July 13, 2016 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The teenage son of a black man killed by white police officers told a crowd of reporters gathered at the Triple S convenience store was his father died that he wants everyone "to protest the right way, protest in peace." Mobile users visit the WBRZ... more »
  • Police ID suspects arrested after federal raid at BR home tied to murder plot against police Play Video

    July 12, 2016 3:27 PM

    **Note: The original photo for Antonio Thomas sent by BRPD was not the correct person. The above photo of Thomas has since been corrected and updated. BATON ROUGE - The raid of a home Monday and a pawn shop burglary last week are connected to the arrests of three... more »
  • Search warrant: Officers felt threatened by sight of gun

    July 11, 2016 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after a lawsuit was filed against police by the store owner where Alton Sterling was shot and killed , a search warrant was filed in relation to the shooting and evidence collected at the scene by Baton Rouge Police. Police wrote Sterling refused to obey... more »
  • Long divided: Baton Rouge race relations under new scrutiny

    July 11, 2016 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The shooting death of a black man at the hands of two white police officers is revealing long-simmering racial tensions in Louisiana's capital. Jasiri Basel is a 37-year-old community activist. He says Baton Rouge is "horribly racist" and that there's a physical divide in the city.... more »
  • District attorney recuses himself from Sterling investigation

    July 11, 2016 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - District Attorney Hillar Moore has announced he’ll recuse himself from the Alton Sterling case. Moore said the decision was “one of the hardest” he’s had to make in his career. In recusing himself, Moore cited a relationship he has had in the past with the... more »
  • Video shows police making protest arrest at home Play Video

    July 11, 2016 12:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman who rents a home near Government Street yelled at police who went on private property to arrest protesters Sunday evening. Protesters and police clashed as protesters apparently tried to make their way to I-110 via Government Street and side streets in the Beauregard Town... more »
  • Sunday night, protesters return to police headquarters

    July 11, 2016 12:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Protesters gathered again overnight Sunday outside of Baton Rouge Police Headquarters on Airline Highway near Goodwood. Sunday was the third night protesters have stood along the highway. Sunday's gathering was not as large as a protest there Saturday, which resulted in the arrest of 102 people.... more »
  • 102 arrested during overnight protests; police blame outsiders

    July 9, 2016 9:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- By Sunday morning, 102 people had been booked into jail related to protests outside Baton Rouge Police Headquarters Saturday. Click HERE to see the list of names booked into jail. The .PDF is four pages; page 1 contains the list of names of people arrested during a... more »

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