Metro Councilman Ryan Heck gives an inside look at Sunday’s shootings


red bayou showEBR Metro Councilman Ryan Heck joined Scott McKay and me to talk about Sunday’s shooting in Baton Rouge that killed 2 BRPD officers and 1 EBRSO Deputy. The shooting took place in Councilman Heck’s district, and he was in the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness as events of the day transpired. Heck talked about the early speculation that ran rampant, and quickly traveled around the world. He talked about working in his remaining days as a Councilman to establish a better form of communication to his constituents in a crisis situation.

We also talked about how Baton Rouge has come together in the weeks following Alton Sterling’s death, and how, once again, the unrest that led to tragedy came from someone from outside the community. Heck praised a number of his colleagues, and law enforcement for the job that they did, and continue to do.
The conversation then shifted to the term “radicalization” in all its forms. Councilman Heck asked me and Scott for our take on the root causes of radicalization. Just like last week, we talked about the problem of “policing for profit” and its negative effects on the African American community. We also talked about what the city can to do both increase the pay for its police officers, and beef up the number of officers on the force. Councilman Heck also said he is taking particular interest in looking at community policing as a way to have better relationships on the ground between the police force and the citizenry.
Before we let the Councilman go, we asked Heck why he is not seeking reelection.

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Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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