Signaling another council discussion, councilwoman to host police residency meeting
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 requiring future police officers to live within city limits. The agenda item, from the start, was labeled controversial since it appeared on the first council meeting after the deadly ambush of two Baton Rouge Police officers and an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy. Councilman Joel Boe, who opposed the plan, pointed out at the meeting that all three officers killed on July 17th lived outside East Baton Rouge.
Banks said she was open to broadening the measure to require police to reside within EBR, however the proposal did not get enough support to schedule a vote on the matter. Since the law only failed to get support for an introduction, the first step in the council's process of discussing and voting on an issue, it can be brought up again.
Banks' announcement of a meeting appears to signal she will attempt to bring the measure back to the council.
Banks' office said there will be a meeting to discuss the proposal on Thursday, August 4, at 6 p.m. in the dining room of the Jewel J. Newman Community Center at 2013 Central Road in Scotlandville.
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