Lake Charles –
Deputies from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office have been deployed to Baton Rouge at the request of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Task Force to assist with peacekeeping at the protest demonstrations in response to the officer-involved shooting in Baton Rouge. The team of deputies have been there for two days and there is no word on when they will be returning to Calcasieu Parish.
“We are honored to have been chosen to help our brothers and sisters in blue in Baton Rouge,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “But we want to assure our community that even with the deployment of these deputies we have ample deputies to patrol the streets of Calcasieu and to help our citizens with whatever law enforcement needs they may have.”
Mancuso also says, “The couple of groups who have chosen to exercise their right to freedom of speech in Lake Charles have been very peaceful, orderly and lawful. We have had no problems that we don’t deal with on a daily basis. I am VERY proud of the way our deputies and our community have responded in light of recent tragic events in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas.”
Mancuso continues by saying, “We are still monitoring social media sites for threats and rumors but at this point have not been able to validate any of them. If the public has any questions or concerns, please call us at 491-3605.