Louisiana leaders discuss security following Dallas Police shootings

Louisiana leaders discuss security following Dallas Police shootings
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There are no known threats in Louisiana tied to the police officer ambush in Dallas, Texas. That is according to Louisiana state and local leaders who met Friday morning to discuss how that incident might impact security one state over.

Gov. John Bel Edwards joined the FBI, National Guard, state and local law enforcement leaders at the state Emergency Operations Center for a meeting to discuss security statewide. It included planned protests, what assets are available, and when to deploy.

State Police Col. Mike Edmonson told reporters his conversation with troopers started well before sunrise.

"You could see the adrenaline flowing in them. They understood the reality of the situation, and what they have upon them, and the ability when called upon they have got to be ready," Edmonson said.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie said they have also told their officers be prepared if they should have to respond.

"We understand people's right to assemble, to protest, to demonstrate in a peaceful and lawful manner and to have their voices heard and we are going to protect that right. At the same time, we stand united. We are not going to tolerate any violence or destruction of property," Gautreaux said.

Dabadie said while some might expect more of a military appearance from his officers at protests in which they would carry high powered rifles, he has asked them to instead to stay out of the spotlight but to watch closely.

"We didn't want to create anymore tension or anxiety. Some of the lessons learned from other parts of the country were that maybe there was too much military presence too soon," Dabadie said.

While you might not see them, the leaders said officers are ready to respond from the air and the ground.

There is also a staff manning the State Police Fusion information sharing center around the clock. Anyone who thinks they see something that does not look or feel right, has been asked to report it immediately.

"We are making sure we have adequate levels (of security) across the state prepared for anything," Edmonson said.

The number to the Fusion Center is (225) 925-4192.

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