Citing a series of aggressive behavior towards city hall workers and a string of mass shootings around the country, Shreveport City Council member Tabatha Taylor spoke at Tuesday’s city council meeting about the need for an overhaul. Security at Government Plaza.
Taylor was supported by her council members. They suggested that metal detectors and deputies be placed at the entrance to the Plaza, similar to the Caddo Parish Courthouse.
“We’re the least protected building,” Taylor said.
At one point, she seemed to refer to a specific incident.
“I don’t want anybody else coming into somebody else’s office throwing papers or anything else traumatizing our employees,” Taylor said.
Councilman Grayson Boucher said the courthouse has metal detectors and deputies at both gates.
“I think it’s a very inexpensive expense for us to be able to put detectors in here and have someone there to check in before people enter the building,” Boucher said.
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The parking garage was also singled out as a security threat by Boucher. He said people were constantly wandering there.
Nickelson agreed that the money should be allocated.
“We are dealing with a wide range of controversial issues and emotions are running high. I’m not interested in someone coming in here with a gun that hasn’t been checked,” Nickelson said.
Shreveport Chief Administrative Officer Henry Whitehorn said the city is waiting to receive quotes for the renovation. He said the ideal security setup would mirror the Caddo Parish Courthouse.
“We have a lot of women working in these offices and they usually work the front desk and I just don’t want some weirdo thinking they can come in and intimidate or scare off any of our employees,” Taylor said. .
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“We don’t know what anybody has on them and we don’t know what’s going on in the crevices of anyone’s mind either,” Taylor added.
Kendrick Dante writes for the USA Today Network and is a government watchdog reporter in Shreveport, Louisiana. He loves cooking, concerts and content. Email him at [email protected] or connect on Twitter @kendrickdante.