Former BRPD Chief discusses legislative security

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Former Police Chief Pat Englade is speaking out after learning Congressman Steve Scalise was struck by a bullet this morning in Virginia.

Englade also talks about security presence for our state legislators. 

According to Englade, what happened to Congressman Steve Scalise has become a norm. 

“It’s almost becoming a daily thing now,” he said. “If it’s not one mass shooting, it’s another. 

Englade says there is no solution to this ongoing problem even though Baton Rouge’s legislators have heavy security presence. 

“We need to certainly be more aware of (our) surroundings,” he said. “I know that is a known cliche that the police say all the time.”

He later referenced the deadly ambush on local law enforcement last summer.

“We just lived through last year; one of the most horrific year in Baton Rouge,” he said. “Someone called in and said a man was walking with a rifle on Airline Highway and of course that spurred a lot of police reaction.”

In Baton Rouge, the state police protect our local legislators and former law enforcement officials are assigned to ensure state representatives and senators remain safe. 

Governor John Bel Edwards is currently protected by state troopers. According to Englade, two sets of security protect the House of Representatives and Senate.

Englade doesn’t see any solution to gun violence in Baton Rouge anytime soon.

“Theres not a thing an average person can do,” he said. “They call the police. They (are) attentive and we let the police do what they are paid to do. There is not an answer to this unfortunately.”

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