‘We still have work to do,’ city leader reacts to BRPD news conference

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Baton Rouge police announced changes to their policy amid the death of George Floyd. NAACP President Eugene Collins says the department still has a long way to go.

“You’ve seen some improvements with policing here in Baton Rouge but we still have some work to do,” Collins said.

Chief Paul touched on reforms his team has implemented the past two years following the death of Alton Sterling. Those changes discourage excessive force and stresses officer accountability.

“Life is precious and our training and our policies must emphasize not only deescalation but also the sanctity of human life,” Chief Paul said.

Collins says he appreciates the citys efforts but feels there is still more work to do to make people of color feel more comfortable with law enforcement. Collins says he thinks one things that should change is the abolishment of the police union contract.

“When you’re pulled over there’s a certain type of way you feel and that’s going to take some time and we have to socially acknowledge that and continue to make positive changes,” Collins said.

Chief Paul recalled his experiences with authorities before he joined the force.

“I have life experience as a black boy and also as a black man,” Chief Paul said. “I’ve been racially profiled, I’ve been the victim of police misconduct and brutality growing up in New Orleans, I also have five black boys.”

Collins says he hopes change comes soon.

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