State Police face new pressure to build diversity – News – Houma Today


Three years ago, the Louisiana State Police Commission received a dire warning from a trooper who claimed that racial hostilities had reached a “boiling point” among the agency’s rank and file.

The anonymous letter, copied to media outlets around the state, said that minority troopers, though few in number, were “suffering mightily” under Mike Edmonson, the agency’s longest-tenured superintendent.

Black employees had been “largely ignored” for decades at State Police, the writer added, and were less likely to be promoted than their white counterparts.

A few weeks before the letter was mailed, State Police records show, a black trooper in Lake Charles complained that his white colleagues on the SWAT team had referred to him as “Django” — a nickname that State Police brass later…

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