On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was shot several times at close range while held down on the ground by two Baton Rouge Police officers. His death sparked widespread protests, which were met with heavily militarized police response and resulted in the arrest of over one hundred peaceful protesters. This page provides information about the current state of policing in Baton Rouge and the ongoing work to end police violence and ensure justice for it's residents.
People killed by Baton Rouge police
Facts About POLICING in Baton Rouge
- Black men were 100% of those killed by BRPD since 2013 despite being only 25% of the population.
- Half of those killed by BRPD since 2013 were unarmed.
- BRPD arrests black people at a rate 2.7 times higher per population than white people.
- Black people were 4.6 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession in East Baton Rouge Parish in 2010 despite similar rates of using or selling marijuana.
- Of 114 civilian complaints filed against BRPD officers in 2014, not one officer was disciplined by BRPD following their internal investigations into these allegations.
- The Baton Rouge police force is disproportionately white. In 2013, white people were 70% of BRPD officers despite being only 41% of the Baton Rouge population.
- Only 20% of the Baton Rouge police force lives in the city where they police.
SYSTEMIC ISSUES CONTRIBUTING TO Baton Rouge Police violence
We identified the extent to which Baton Rouge Police Department and the City of Baton Rouge have failed to put in place policies and practices that can prevent police violence and ensure police accountability.