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Diverse candidates run for sheriff; Baton Rouge Mayor-President Weston Broome on BRPD ‘Brave Cave’

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Alyssa Berry
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News broke last week of an unmonitored interrogation facility at a Baton Rouge Police warehouse, dubbed “the Brave Cave.” One officer resigned shortly after the news broke and others have been reassigned.

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Thursday that the Baton Rouge Police Department’s street crimes unit had been disbanded. She joins us today to discuss how the “Brave Cave” happened, what’s being done to address it, and how the scandal might impact Baton Rouge’s search for its next police chief.

Elected sheriffs are often the most powerful figures in local law enforcement in most Louisiana parishes. And in a state whose population is more than 30% Black, they’re nearly all white men. Only four of Louisiana’s 64 sheriffs are Black, and only one is a woman.

But voters will soon have the opportunity to change that. In 16 parishes, 24 candidates for sheriff are women or people of color. Verite’s Bobbi-Jeanne Misick has been reporting on these candidates and she joins us today to tell us more about them.

High school football season began two weeks ago, but the scorching temperatures caused some schools to delay kickoff times. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Joseph King went to a game and talked to parents and players braving the heat under the Friday night lights.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our assistant producer is Aubry Procell. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman.

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is also the voice of Baton Rouge's local news every afternoon during All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.