BR NAACP lays out plan to solve "racial disconnect" within BRPD

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Chapter of the NAACP and a pair of Metro Council members gathered Friday morning to lay out a plan.

They're hoping to solve what they say is a "racial disconnect" within the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Flanked by councilwomen Ronnie Edwards and Denise Marcelle, the president of the Baton Rouge NAACP called for an oversight committee made up of city residents to oversee the recruitment and hiring process on the force. They say they're troubled by the lack of diversity they've seen over the last few years.

"One of the parts of this commission or board that we're asking our city council to form is to allow that information to be very transparent, the process to be open and that we have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the police department to seek out and recruit the type of officers that we need," said Kwame Asante, president of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the NAACP.

They also called for public input in the hiring process of a new chief and repeatedly called for more review of the federal consent decree.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.