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We obtained data on 189 Police and 63 Sheriff’s Depts in the state of Louisiana.

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Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 43%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing states with data from both state and local law enforcement agencies within the population. States with higher scores spend less on policing, use less force, are more likely to hold officers accountable and make fewer arrests for low-level offenses.

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Police Funding:  53%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Fines/Forfeitures        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  52%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
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Police Accountability:  14%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  52%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        
Jail Incarceration Rate        
Jail Deaths per 1,000        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

53% +17%

Police Funding By Year

$1.52B  |  4,663,616 Residents  |  $325 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 35% of States

Funds taken from communities in fines and forfeitures

Total: $2.85B from 2010-20

More Fines/Forfeitures than 6% of States

Number of officers per 1k population

10,211 Officers  |  13 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 8% of States

Police violence i

52% -2%

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than N/A of States

1,863 Incidents  |  93 every 10k arrests  |  -31%

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Deadly Force

192 Killings by Police from 2013-21  |  1.2 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 45% of States   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

14% Unarmed  |  46% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle
14%
26%
54%
6%

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 57% of States   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Louisiana

32%
58%

Louisiana Law Enforcement Demographics

24%
68%

People Arrested

52%
43%

People Killed

53%
6%
34%

^  More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 36% of States   

Police Accountability i

14% -19%

Total civilian complaints

2,990 from 2016-21  |  10% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints Not Sustained Complaints Sustained

Use of Force Complaints

201 Reported  |  8% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Complaints of Police Discrimination

60 Reported  |  12% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

249 Reported  |  10% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints Reported Ruled in Favor of Civilians

Approach to Law Enforcement i

52% +2%

Arrests By Year

1,551,405 Arrests Reported from 2013-2021

Low Level Arrests Other Arrests

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

896,799 Arrests  |  25 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 62% of States   

Disparities in Arrests for Low Level Offenses by Race/Ethnicity

Black people were 2x more likely and Latinx people were 0.5x more likely to be arrested for low level, non-violent offenses than a white person.

Black Latinx White

Percent of total arrests by type

All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 58% )

Drug Possession ( 14% )

Violent Crime ( 6% )

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Homicides Unsolved

4,767 Homicides from 2013-21  |  2153 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 22% of States   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 41% )

Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 18% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 13% )

Deaths in Jail

264 Deaths from 2013-19  |  9 per 1k Jail Population

Homicide Suicide Other Investigating

100%

^ Higher Rate of Jail Deaths than 15% of States   

Jail Incarceration rate

1,620 Avg Daily Jail Population  |  7 per 1k residents

^  More than 98% of Sheriff's Depts  

People in Jail Without Being Convicted

63 % of People in Jail

Louisiana Statewide Scores

Rankings are based upon a 0 to 100 percentage scale. States with higher scores use less force, make fewer arrests for low level offenses, solve murder cases more often, hold officers more accountable and spend less on policing overall.

Overall Scores for States where We Have Obtained the Most Data.

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Statewide Score 5YR
18. Baton Rouge 31% +6%
17. East Baton Rouge Parish 32% -4%
16. Jefferson Parish 34% -11%
15. Calcasieu Parish 34%
14. Caddo Parish 34% -7%
13. Iberia Parish 34% -1%
12. Lafayette Parish 35% +11%
11. Terrebonne Parish 35% +6%
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Statewide Score 5YR
* Bastrop 43% -3%
* Covington 43% -7%
* Morgan City 43% +6%
* Opelousas 43% +8%
* Hammond 43% -1%
* Ball 44% -10%
* Gonzales 44% -2%
* Jennings 44% -1%
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* An asterisk indicates this location did not publish enough data to evaluate. Click below to add data to the Scorecard.

About This Scorecard

This is the first nationwide evaluation of policing in the United States. It was built using data from state and federal databases, public records requests to local police departments, and media reports. While police data is never perfect, and there are additional indicators that still need to be tracked, the Police Scorecard is designed to provide insight into many important issues in policing.

 

Police Scorecard is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, learn more about our team here. If you have feedback, questions about the project, or need support with an advocacy campaign, contact our Founder, Samuel Sinyangwe.

methodology Source Data

 

Use this Scorecard to identify issues within police departments that require the most urgent interventions and hold officials accountable for implementing solutions. For example, cities with higher rates of low level arrests could benefit most from solutions that create alternatives to policing and arrest for these offenses. In cities where police make fewer arrests overall but use more force when making arrests, communities could benefit significantly from policies designed to hold police accountable for excessive force. And cities where complaints of police misconduct are rarely ruled in favor of civilians could benefit from creating an oversight structure to independently investigate these complaints.

 

Here's how to start pushing for change

  • Contact your State's Governor and Attorney General, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
    • LA State Attorney General Jeff Landry
  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.