Shreveport police ends standoff in Hyde Park neighborhood – KSLA

Shreveport police ends standoff in Hyde Park neighborhood - KSLA
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins faces police chief dilemma
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Shreveport police are working to learn more about a standoff situation that took place on Wednesday morning.

Shreveport police got the call just before 4:30 a.m. to Kingston Road near Kingstowne Place. Thats in Shreveports Hyde Park neighborhood.

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According to Shreveport Police, neighbors called the police after hearing gunshots. Police determined that a group of people exchanged shots at each other, according to Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond. However, police are working to determine what happened following conflicting reports

Three people, two men and one woman, ran into a home. For hours, police worked to get them to leave the residence.

When Shreveport Substitute Police Chief Ben Raymond was introduced at a bond proposal community meeting last month in Broadmoor, he received a rousing ovation.

That sentiment apparently wasnt shared by Mayor Adrian Perkins eight-person advisory committee which recommended on Friday three candidates for the mayor to consider as police chief and Raymond was not among the three.

Shreveport is looking for a police chief after Alan Crump retired on July 31. State law requires the position to be filled within 60 days, which would be Sept. 29.

Perkins is left with some options, but not enviable ones, said LSUS political science professor and conservative blogger Jeffrey Sadow.

One option for Perkins is to choose among the three names forwarded to him — Sgt. Michael Carter, Lt. Tedris Smith and Assistant Chief of Police Wayne Smith. Perkins interviewed those candidates this week.

Tedris Smith and Wayne Smith had the two lowest scores on the civil service exam of the seven candidates considered by the advisory committee. Tedris Smith posted a 78  while Wayne Smiths score was 86. Carter, who leads the local police union, had an 89 on the exam.

“If Perkins picks from that group of three, then yeah, there is criticism that could be weighed about any of those three, Sadow said.

“I dont mean to be funny about it, but Im thinking the three blind mice must have been on the (advisory) committee, City Councilman James Flurry said.

Besides not placing a heavy emphasis on the test scores, Flurrys complaint about the advisory committee was its makeup. Yes, there were members of the legal community in and outside of Shreveport, but Flurry said it was missing ordinary citizens and home owners association members.

In a statement on Facebook on Tuesday, Perkins said: “I promised to assemble a Police Chief search committee during the campaign because I wanted input from law enforcement and legal experts. I am looking for a candidate committed to community-oriented policing and an innovative leader who can work with a constrained budget.

Sadow said the committee also served the purpose of going against a narrative of a lack of transparency from the mayors office.

“The political payoff (for being transparent) may be the positive hes looking for, but it puts him in a delicate situation, Sadow said.

While the committee may not have done the mayor any favors, he is not limited to the advisory committees selections.

“He can pick outside of the three. He is not, in any way, shape, form or fashion held to what they say, Shreveport Communications Director Ben Riggs said last week.

So there is an avenue for Perkins to select Raymond as the police chief. Besides leading the department in an interim capacity since last November, Raymond also had the highest score on the exam with a 94. And Raymond received an endorsement of sorts from Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator on Monday.

Raymond has also represented the police department at the community meetings designed to build support for the upcoming bond proposal.

He can choose from the advisory committees recommendation and leave himself open to criticism for not having Raymond among the three. Or he can choose Raymond and ignore the committees final three.

“Mayors are elected to make decisions like this, Sadow said. “You can see the rationale for wanting to do something like this (advisory committee). Now were getting all this input from across the community and even outside of the community. 

“Youve got this wide variety of people. It looks like youre consulting and trying to be inclusive, but on the other hand, you can come up with a situation like this. It does box the mayor in a little bit.

Of course, just being the mayors nominee doesnt mean the city has a new chief. The mayors nominee must be approved by a majority of the City Council.

And Flurry is among the City Council members who want to see Raymond as the new Shreveport police chief.

“Hes very thorough, very likable, Flurry said. “And the citizens in my district have been responding to me and every one of them is pro-Ben Raymond. They appreciate what he has done and the hard work he has put in.

“He is the young guy we need to lead this police department restructure. We cannot police like when (George) DArtois was there. We have to change and be more like Houston. They have the best community policing in the United States.

Flurry is squarely in Raymonds camp and that doesnt figure to change next week when Perkins recommends a new chief to the City Council.

“If he doesnt nominate Ben Raymond, then Im prepared to vote no for everybody he puts up, Flurry said. 

And Flurry said he thinks the City Council has four votes to stop anyone other than Raymond as the nominee.

“The mayor is entitled to who he wants, Flurry said. “But this whole thing smells from high heaven.

“Thank God the City Council has one more shot, Flurry said. “Im hoping that if we vote it down, then the mayor will negotiate. Thats what Im hoping.

“I have heard the concerns of Shreveport citizens and City Council members, Perkins said in his statement. “These concerns will factor into my final decision. I have interviewed the three candidates submitted by the committee and will continue to contemplate my options.

“This is a decision that will impact the City of Shreveport for years to come. It requires much thought, counsel, and prayer. I approached this process prudently and I intend to conclude it that way.

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