LOUISIANA GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS EXTENDS PHASE 2 UNTIL AUGUST 28TH
As the world takes its anger and frustration to the streets to protest against racism and police misconduct, Thibodaux Police Department has its own share of corruption, allegedly, that needs to be addressed.
Factually, it is evident that there is a severe leadership problem that is affecting the effectivity of proper policing, community-relationship building, and “the environment is just toxic…we’re all ready to leave” as one officer stated.
In addition, such lack of leadership has caused some of the officers to lose their integrity as we have seen a few officers arrested these past few years with charges ranging from Narcotic Violations to Sexual Battery.
When you lose the trust of your officers and when you lose the trust of your community, for the safety of the Thibodaux community, maybe it is time for Chief Bryan Zeringue to resign OR maybe a call-to action for the Mayor to terminate him, effective immediately, as the Chief is an appointed position.
With the information that we have alone from several officers, in our view, it is enough for him to step aside and allow a fresh face to take over so we can begin the healing process where damaged relationships in the community - especially the black community - can begin and our officers will once again be excited about policing.
However, there are two sides to every story and maybe the Chief is waiting as it has always been his style to be reactive and to see what all misconduct he will be accused of - which one officer plans to discuss next month, July 14th, inside the Thibodaux City Council Chambers.
Recently, Captain Todd Gagnard was fired from Thibodaux Police Department after allegedly refusing to retire. There have been several conversations surrounding his actions and those of the Chief, but it wasn’t until late afternoon yesterday, June 4th, Gagnard launched a page called "I Support Captain Todd Gagnard" to present his version of events. We’ve placed his statement below regarding the alleged corruption.
This weekend we will be combing through other statements from various officers and sources. We will bring you any major developments regarding this unfolding situation.
From Captain Todd Gagnard….
I have served the public as a police officer, with integrity, for over twenty-five years. I’ve always worn my badge with the utmost pride, and have done my best to serve the public with loyalty, professionalism, and humility. On February 27th of this year, the Chief of the Thibodaux Police Department tried to force me to retire, so that police misconduct that was reported to me could be covered up. When I refused to retire, I was terminated. The Chief told me that I should have reported the police misconduct to him, and for that reason, I would have to retire or be dismissed. So, I forced him to terminate me. The Lieutenant who was the subject of the misconduct is still working for the Thibodaux Police Department. Therefore, my decision not to report the misconduct directly to the Chief was the right decision. The Chief is related to the Lieutenant in question, and has covered up his misconduct for the past five years. So, for that reason, I reported the misconduct and crimes to an outside agency.
My appeal hearing will be held inside the Thibodaux City Council chambers (310 W. 2ND Street, Thibodaux, LA 70302) on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020. A time has not been set, but I will update this post as soon as a decision has been made on the time the appeal will take place.
I would like to invite my family, friends, and anyone else who is interested in what’s going on behind the doors of the Thibodaux Police Department, to attend my appeal. We plan on bringing out the corruption, so that it can be addressed. I’ve always prayed on serious situations like this, and I know I will prevail. God bless!!
Today, Americans commemorate Juneteenth. This time around, 2020, is and will historically be one of the most memorable times such commemoration has occurred due to unrest and uneasiness of the black community as racial tensions arise.
Today is a day that marks the official celebration of freedom and the end of slavery in the United States, Emancipation Day for Black America.
For some, Juneteenth may appear to be an opposition holiday to the 4th of July but in reality, it is simply the true day ALL Americans became free and independent. The 4th of July remembrance is a joyous day for America but did not award that opportunity to a quarter-million slaves as information of freedom was suppressed for more than two and a half years.
On June 19th, 1865, Union Soldiers arrived at Galveston, Texas to announce the end of the Civil War and provided an order declaring that all slaves are to be released. It was then that this was a celebrations for freed slaves, however, millions of blacks had no where to go, no place to live, and had to figure out survival for decades and even currently after years of systematic oppression in various forms.
The death of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others in recent weeks have brought attention to Juneteenth, its history and importance. The ideas of what should take place to eliminate racism and provide equality for all may vary but the objective is the same: to bring attention to the injustices of black Americans by having an honest dialogue and finding common ground to moving forward in an America where black Americans are justly accepted.
“I think it’s really important to put the word out and do things to support the community” Chief Bryan Zeringue stated in a Daily Comet article on June 7th, 2018 as he discusses how “Transparency is important to the public, especially with the increasing use of social media.”
Two years later… “I am not at liberty to offer any comment regarding this issue (referring to police misconduct and corruption) at this time” the Chief stated June 11th, 2020. What happened to the importance of transparency? Is it only suitable when it makes his department look good?
Communication is one of the many problems with the effectiveness of the leadership (or lack thereof) between the Thibodaux Police Department and community.
Things internally may appear that all is well, but some officers refuse to speak up or “challenge” the Chief in fear of being terminated. Many officers have already expressed gratitude for us “pulling back the curtains”. Currently, we are awaiting verification if the Chief has played a role in attempting to suppress our reporting.
During the tenure of Chief Bryan Zeringue, officers have been (allegedly) wrongly fired, as we are currently in the middle of a case regarding Captain Todd Gagnard who was terminated, the black community are being (allegedly) profiled, businesses have been (allegedly) harassed, and crime has taken a significant turn. Most importantly, police misconduct coverups have been (allegedly) habitual by Chief Bryan Zeringue.
Sure, several people will come to the Chief’s defense as this is still a “good ol’ boy” community and some officers do not want to get caught up in the middle of the current police misconduct and corruption that we believe is taking place within the Thibodaux Police Department based on the information presented to our team.
To be clear, here at Bayou Report, we are pro-police, pro-blue, and one of the biggest supporters of our first responders. Our Editor-In-Chief is an Army Vet, our Content Editor mother is a detective in another parish, and so on. In addition, we do not support the growing movement of the “Defund the Police” Campaign.
However, just because you are pro law enforcement does not take away the responsibility of being pro-accountability.
Our goal is never to implicate or target any individual. Our objective in this matter is simple: restore public trust between the police department and our community. Based on several conversations with several officers, the reign of Chief Bryan Zeringue has created a “toxic culture”, which in our view stamps him as an ineffective Chief of Police for our community.
In our last article regarding the toxic culture, we alluded to having the Mayor dismiss the appointed Chief or for him, Bryan Zeringue, to resign. Our objective is not resignation, yet, but better policing, better leadership, and remembering that the Chief works for us, not the other way around. Our line is always open, but one must humble himself to the realization that his duty is a servant to the people.
Because we respect the process of litigation, and are still combing through evidence, verifying sources, and authenticating documents dating from years back to now, a plethora of information will not be revealed at this time. On July 14th, the public will have an opportunity to hear an overabundance of information that we strongly encourage every community member to attend as details of the behavior of Thibodaux Police Department and specifically the Chief will be discussed.
Remember: all of the above is evolving information coming from sources within the Thibodaux Police Department; but it is not too late to change. We strongly recommend the Chief adheres to the voices of his own officers and the community. It only takes one wrong misstep by the Thibodaux Police Department to mimic the events that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chief Zeringue, let’s not let that happen to this amazing community. Do Better or move on.
I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday.
In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy.
Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.
This is where I stand:
I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference.
I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today.
I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community.
I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement.
I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right.
I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy.
I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability.
I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening...and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen.
For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.
Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin Who Has 18 Priors of Reported Complaints of Improper Police Conduct Including Violence Has Been Taken Into Custody
Former Nicholls Professor Brendan Doyle, 29, of Thibodaux was one of two suspects in a drug-related investigation. Julia Canto, 28, (pictured above) also of Thibodaux was the second suspect in which authorities have information believing she fled to Savannah, Georgia.
Doyle, who originally left town for almost two months, returned to his home with a moving truck and was immediately arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of controlled substances. Doyle was however released from the Lafourche Parish Jail after posting bond.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Doyle and Canto became suspects of the investigation back in late March after a resident near the 600 block of St. Charles Bypass Road in Thibodaux discovered suspicious items under the bridge. Drug activity was immediately suspected.
At the time of this article, Nicholls has not released a statement and has removed Doyle from its website as a professor.
Any information regarding the location of Julia Canto, please contact Crime Stoppers: 1-800-743-7433 or visit www.crimestoppersbr.org.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards EXTENDS the Stay-at-Home Order to MAY 15TH, 2020 stating that “we’re simply not there yet” and that certain regions are "still experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases".
Effective Friday, Businesses that interact with customers are required to wear mask. Governor Edwards at his 4pm Press Conference ask businesses to encourage customers to also wear mask. “This is the neighborly thing to do” Governor Edwards stated.
Other measures that go into effect Friday include allowing restaurants to provide and outside seating for customers to eat but can not provide table service; stores may open for curbside delivery (Malls will be closed to the public).
Businesses that were ordered to close will remain closed as Phase 1 of re-opening Louisiana will not occur until on or after May 15th. Phase 1 details in full will be released May 11th. Phase 1 is expected to allow churches, barbershops and beauty salons with guidelines to reopen.
The House following the Senates lead swiftly passed a $484 billion package Thursday to assist small businesses and hospitals impacted by COVID-19 with an emphasis this time around to expand testing which has been requested by state leaders to start the return to some since of normalcy.
The measure was passed with a 388-5-1 vote with independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan voting “present.” Five members voted “No” with the loudest “No” vote coming from Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) The House has sent this signed measure to President Donald Trump who is expected to sign the bill within a few hours.
Congress through legislation has spent $2.5 Trillion so far on COVID-19 emergency response, a total that will continue to climb in the upcoming weeks. Today’s measure includes replenishing the Paycheck Protection Program with $310 billion, SBA Disaster Assistance Loans and Grants, and $70 billion specifically allocated in grants to hospitals. Another $25 billion will be dedicated to COVID-19 testing.
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The US is monitoring intelligence that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after a surgery, according to a US official with direct knowledge. However, allegedly, things took a deadly turn shortly after officials were notified of the surgery. No one has confirmed the extent or any extent of any complications but that did not stop NBC from posting the NOW DELETED tweet.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is brain dead, according to two US officials. He recently had cardiac surgery and slipped into a coma, according to one US current and one former US official.@NBCNews confirms and adds to CNN scoop from me, @ckubeNBC @carolelee
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) April 21, 2020
Kim’s health has deteriorated in recent months because of several unhealthy habits including smoking and obesity although officials deny such reports.
Frequently disappearing and reappearing, Kim was last seen in public on April 11 and was not available April 15th a national holiday in North Korea celebrating the birth of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung. This was the first major indication a medical situation was the case which an April 12th hospitalization date has been confirmed.
Due to such reports of Kim's Health, the Korean won fell 1.48% to trade at 1,238.60 per dollar as South Korea currency begins to tumble.
We will continue to monitor reports throughout the day.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled on Monday that the constitutional guarantee of trial by jury requires a unanimous verdict in serious crimes.
The ruling overturns the 2016 conviction of a Louisiana man named Evangelisto Ramos. A jury by a 10-2 margin found him guilty of killing a woman in New Orleans.
"Wherever we might look to determine what the term 'trial by an impartial jury trial' meant at the time of the Sixth Amendment’s adoption—whether it’s the common law, state practices in the founding era, or opinions and treatises written soon afterward—the answer is unmistakable," Justice Neil Gorsuch stated. "A jury must reach a unanimous verdict in order to convict."
The majority argued that the non-unanimity rules in Louisiana and Oregon were deemed racist and was the basis of convictions for black people and other ethnic minorities.
Gorsuch’s opinion was followed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas and Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Justice Samuel Alito, Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Justice Elena Kagan agreed dissented.
Two states, Louisiana and Oregon, allowed defendants to be convicted on divided votes.
Earlier today as expected, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that schools would remain closed for the academic year.
“It is my intention now to announce that school will not resume in the sense that students are going to the school building," Edwards state’s speaking to reporters in Monroe.
"It is just not going to be feasible to resume the operation of our schools this academic year. Education will continue," he said. "The school year continues, but they will not be going on the school campuses."
Edwards is expected to make a formal proclamation as early as Tuesday.
Drew Brees is signing with NBC Sports over ESPN in a move that will make him a fixture on NFL telecasts far after he finishes playing, The Post has learned.
In a contract that will begin after Brees retires from the Saints, the 41-year-old will be groomed as the potential replacement for Cris Collinsworth on “Sunday Night Football,” according to sources.
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Based on data from the John Hopkins COVID-19 Interactive Virtual Map and information from the CDC, US will likely have over 200,000 cases of Coronavirus within hours.
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Lafourche Parish has lost its first resident as a result of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19).
"I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I'm lucky. Younger people feel like they can handle this, but they can be a carrier to someone who can't handle it. So we all need to do our part. It's important for every one of us to do our part." - Sean Payton
It’s spread mainly from person-to-person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. If the droplets land on a surface and a person touches that surface, and their mouth, nose or eyes it can be contracted.
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