West Baton Rouge residents calling for a community oversight board


21 days after the death of Josef Richardson, the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office released the name of the man accused of killing the 39-year-old.

“In regards to what took place here in Port Allen, the accountability and transparency is one of the biggest issues we are dealing with.”

After weeks of calling out the Sheriff’s Office, community members said, it’s time to take action.

“We understood that even though it may not be on the larger scale as other cities, we do have issues and we do have public safety concerns that we do not want to turn into bigger issues so we take a step now to be proactive rather to be reactive.”

Their plans include a community oversight board. The group will work with law enforcement to ensure community members are being treated equally.

“Serious police misconduct occurred at Fertrell’s home on the morning of November 2, 2017. Policies and procedures were not carried out properly nor were there any disciplinary actions taken for the police misconduct.”

Calling on elected officials to join their fight, people said this type of board will help residents once again trust the justice system.

“A lot of people say we need change, we are looking for change but change is here.”

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