EBR 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.