BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) In one of his first interviews since taking over the Louisiana State Police, an humble Colonel Lamar Davis says he’s ready to get to work.
“I’m not great at talking about myself… ” Supt. Davis laughed. “I serve to give back, and although this may or may not have been in my path five years ago or 10 years ago, it’s where I’m at” he said. “I take giving back seriously and if this is what God has in store for me to give back in this particular manner, then I take that seriously” Colonel Davis said.
The former military man, Baton Rouge native and two-time Southern University graduate takes over an agency shrouded in controversy. The death of an unarmed Black man, Ronald Green, at the hands of state police is now the center of a federal investigation. In October, a grand jury indicted Trooper Kasha Domingue for shooting a man during a traffic stop along Perkins Road in Baton Rouge. Late last month, LSP became the center of an associated press investigation that found deep rooted racism was not isolated in the agency.
“With every response and every action that I take, that’s going to build trust” Colonel Davis said. “That has not failed me in the past and I do not expect it to fail me in the future. I’ll continue to do the right thing. I’ll honor them and when they need to be held accountable, I’ll hold them accountable and I think that is what’s going to build trust” he said.
Davis is the fourth African American to serve as superintendent and he says while he recognizes the moment, he hopes it helps bring unity in the agency and beyond.
“I represent everybody” Colonel Davis said. “Yes, I’m an African American, and I say that proudly. But I also say that I’m a Trooper proudly. I represent every Trooper you see here. Every male, every female, every African American, every white American, every Indian, every Asian… I represent every Trooper. That’s the most proud for me… to represent all of our people” he said.
“Continue to invest in us. Continue to believe in us and continue to challenge us so that we can continue to evolve, but we are evolving”.
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