New State Police Leader Promises Accountability
New State Police Superintendent, Colonel Lamar Davis, promises to hold the men and women who work at the law enforcement agency accountable. Davis says he has no problem stepping in making a change if he believes a trooper is not representing the badge well.
“We have policies in place and we have standards set that’s been set for years that’s helped us get to this level that we are at and as a leader of this agency, I have to hold my people accountable,” said Davis.
The Army veteran takes over while the L-S-P is under investigation for the death of a black man while in police custody and a recent Associated Press article that found at least a dozen cases of employees forwarding racist e-mails. Davis says he will not tolerate any racism or sexism.
“We are going to take action, if any of our officers or troopers’ support staff violate any of these measures than we are going to hold them accountable,” said Davis.
Davis can not discuss the May 2019 death of Ronald Green, who died following a high-speed chase that ended in Union Parish. Evidence shows Green was tased and choked by police before he died. The 50-year-old says he’s reviewing all aspects of the department to make sure the agency takes care of the public and keeps them safe.
“We always look for best practices and that’s one of the things I’m currently doing with my assessment with my department, I am assessing our training program, but all of our programs,” said Davis.
(Story written by Jeff Palermo/Louisiana Radio Network)