Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator shares his thoughts on fighting violent crime in Shreveport
“What we’re doing is not working, so we need to do something differently”
CADDO PARISH, La. (KSLA) — “Violent crime is literally killing Shreveport and its citizens.”
That is the first line in a document in which Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator lays out his thoughts on how Shreveport should respond to the growing wave of violent crime in the city.
While Prator does not call anyone out by name, there is little doubt that his three-page letter takes a swing at some prominent local leaders.
“What we’re doing is not working, so we need to do something differently,” Prator told KSLA Chief Investigative Reporter Stacey Cameron.
The sheriff said he knows one reason violent crime is on the rise in Shreveport. That’s because convicted felons, domestic abusers and drug dealers do not fear getting busted for gun crimes.
So local judges and prosecutors need to crack down bad guys who illegally possess firearms, Prator said.
Cameron: “Does District Attorney James Stewart need to do more to prosecute these folks?”
Prator: “It’s not my place to tell people what they should and shouldn’t do. We all have a critical position on the team. But if the quarterback isn’t able to throw a pass because the defensive line is getting through, then the blockers need to do a better job.”
As the top cop for Caddo Parish, Prator’s letter also lays out several areas where local law enforcement officers need to do a better job, including being compassionate and collecting more evidence.
“Are the police aggressively policing and writing good reports to where the district attorney can make good cases? I think everybody has a dog in this hunt. and that’s what I am pointing out here.”
In his message, Prator also takes aim at other elected leaders, saying Shreveport’s mayor and City Council members need to focus more on funding the Police Department and attacking city blight. And the Caddo Commission must find a way to expand criminal housing for violent juvenile offenders, the sheriff added.
Cameron: “Are there people who have been elected that you feel are not doing what they were elected to do?”
Prator: “I don’t want to get into the negatives and start saying that sort of thing. All you got to do is read this and read between the lines without me drawing a line, and there’s a difference.”
Understanding his message may ruffle some political feathers. Prator said he does not care because violent criminals don’t care about the people they’re hurting in our community.
“I’m more interested in people than I am elected officials,” the sheriff explained.
“And we got some great elected officials. But we got some elected officials that need to get off their ... . They need to do more in our fight against violent crime.”
The three-page document in which the sheriff details his views on violent crime in Shreveport can be viewed below:
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