Active and retired LSP Trooper accusations notwithstanding, LSP Chief of Staff Cain emphatically denies any involvement in 20-year-old cable/satellite TV theft scandal.


Louisiana State Police Chief of Staff Doug Cain.

Soon after Lamar Davis was named the new Louisiana State Police (LSP) Colonel, WBRZ (Channel 2 in Baton Rouge)’s Chris Nakamoto conducted a “nothing off limits” interview with him.  Nakamoto was quite blunt about what “sources” were telling him about the difficult task Davis faces to clean up LSP as long as Doug Cain serves as his Chief of Staff.  Let’s take a look at just that brief segment of the Nakamoto interview with Davis:

 


Nakamoto interview with Davis wherein Davis is asked point-blank to address concerns of sources who indicate having Cain serve as Chief of Staff will inhibit systematic change.

We can only assume that Nakamoto and we at Sound Off Louisiana have some overlap in our sources because we received numerous emails and phone calls voicing extreme frustration at Cain being named Chief of Staff.  Many of our sources pointed out the fact that Cain was a key figure in the Edmonson and Reeves administrations.  Others also indicated that Cain being named as Chief of Staff was part of a “package deal” to permit Davis to be named Colonel rather than another candidate strongly supported by the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association.  We were given that individual’s name, but we’re opting not to publish it.  Nevertheless, in our opinion, had that individual been named LSP Colonel, it would have been an absolute unmitigated disaster!  In fact, of the names bantered about to be in contention for the job, we had him rated internally at Sound Off Louisiana as second-to-last.

Many of our sources indicate that, for all intents and purposes, the Chief of Staff is the de facto Colonel of LSP.  He (or she) is the one who essentially runs the whole operation with the Colonel typically delegating such a significant proportion of responsibility to the person who holds the Chief of Staff position in order that the actual named LSP Colonel can focus on being the public face of LSP, preparing for press conferences, Legislative testimony, etc.

Our sources who were vehemently upset with the naming of Cain as Chief of Staff also directed us to make a public records request for any past separation of service entailing Cain.  We did so, and here is the response to that public records request.  From that response:

After careful consideration I have decided to resign from the Louisiana State Police effective October 29, 2000 to pursue career opportunities in the private sector. Having been a part of this organization will always be one of the proudest accomplishments of my life. Furthermore, having served as an official spokesperson of this department was an honor and a privilege. This was a very difficult decision to make, but I believe it was made in the best interest of my family. The private sector also affords me the opportunity to eventually seek public office which has been a life long dream. Thanks to you and the department for the opportunity and the challenge.

As noted above, Cain’s resignation was effective October 29, 2000.  One-hundred and sixty-nine (169) days later, Cain was back at work at LSP effective April 16, 2001.  Again, from the previously-linked documentation pertaining to Cain’s separation of service:

Please non-competitively re-employ Douglas M. Cain in Position# 018568 at Troop “A” at a salary rate of S2,043.70.
Preferred date of employment to be April 16, 2001.

Our sources indicated to us that the timing of Cain’s separation of service from LSP was no coincidence.  They claim that quite a number of troopers (seven or eight, according to our sources) were embroiled in an investigation entailing the theft of cable (or satellite) devices enabling them to obtain cable (satellite) services without paying for them.  They assert that the investigations resulted in disciplinary actions against all those involved except one whom they assert was involved:  Doug Cain.  Our sources indicate that Cain did an “end around” the whole investigative matter by conveniently resigning his post and then being rehired after the matter was fully dispensed.

Immediately prior to the December 10, 2020 meeting of the Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC) meeting, Cain asked if he could speak privately with Sound Off Louisiana’s founder Robert Burns.  Accordingly, Burns met with him in the hallway, at which time Cain indicated that he had been made aware of the fact that Burns had requested the documentation linked above.  Burns confirmed that he had and also indicated that he had also received it.  Cain then volunteered that, “I know what’s being said out there.”  Burns allowed Cain to volunteer what was being said, to which Cain responded, “That I was involved in a cable television theft investigation.”  Cain then stated in the most emphatic terms possible:  “That is completely untrue!”

Cain then emphasized that he came to the realization soon after leaving LSP that being an LSP Trooper was his true calling.  He stressed that every time he saw an LSP vehicle on the roadways that he yearned to be back doing what he loved most, which is being an LSP Trooper.  Cain also emphasized that the biggest factor in his leaving was, as stated in his resignation letter, it enabling him to be free to pursue public office.

Burns then admitted to Cain that, in fact, he was correct in his statement that a number of troopers (past and present) had indeed indicated that other troopers were disciplined for the cable theft matter, and that they also indicated that Cain did an “end around” as Burns motioned with his hand in a straight path to then make a semi-circle by having his separation of service coincide with the investigation.  Cain then again strongly stressed, “That is completely untrue.”  He also emphasized that he has a “spotless record” with LSP, and he said that anyone is welcome to pull his file to confirm the fact that he has never been disciplined in his entire working history at LSP.

Burns then asked if Cain could confirm that there was in fact an investigation and if he could state how many troopers may have been involved, and Cain responded that there was and added that, “I understand it was quite a few of them involved.”  Cain also stressed that the cable (satellite) television theft matter transpired in 1998 and that his resignation was not until October of 2000, which Cain said was “long after” the cable television theft incident had concluded.

One of our more dedicated subscribers found Cain’s assertion that “all was resolved” entailing the cable theft matter by the time Cain resigned to be an interesting statement, and then she directed us to this interesting article which references the cable television theft and one trooper who was known to have been involved and disciplined for his role in the matter.  From that Louisiana Voice article:

Louisiana Troop A State Police Lieutenant John Cannon remains on his $115,690 per year job despite having been reprimanded for numerous offenses including theft of satellite television signals…….

  • On Jan. 25, 2001, he was suspended for 80 hours after being found in possession of an illegal satellite access card for Direct TV.

We can only assume that, given the January 25, 2001 80-hour suspension handed down to Cannon, the cable television theft matter had not been “all fully resolved” by Cain’s resignation date of October 29, 2000.  In fact, we’ll note the coincidence of Cannon’s date of discipline being handed down (January 25, 2001) falling almost exactly in the middle of Cain’s 169-day hiatus from LSP (on day 88 to be exact).

That concludes our reporting on the controversy, and we make no conclusions of any nature whatsoever.  All we can state is what we’ve been told by Chief of Staff Doug Cain, who denied in the strongest possible manner any involvement in the scandal and the fact that numerous past and present LSP Troopers are dubious of his claim in that regard.  They suggested to us that, by making the public records request they advised that we make, we wouldn’t be able to help noticing the “incredibly-convenient timing” of Cain’s hiatus from LSP.  We’ll admit that they were right about the timing, but we can’t overstate just how vehemently Cain denied any involvement in the scandal and the fact that he stressed that the timing of his resignation and subsequent re-hire was indeed pure coincidence.

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Amid widening allegations of improprieties at LSP’s Air Support Unit, Trooper Satcher resigns ahead of trial for pending felony domestic abuse charges.


Former LSP Trooper and Air Support Pilot Michael Lynn Satcher, II.

Sound Off Louisiana subscribers will recall we published a feature focusing on Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s commitment to pursue felony charges against Michael Lynn Satcher, II for alleged domestic abuse pertaining to his October 12, 2019 arrest.  We followed that feature up with this feature focusing on the fact that, notwithstanding a plethora of evidence against Satcher, LSP and its subsequently-disgraced former Colonel, Kevin Reeves, didn’t even initiate an administrative investigation of Satcher until after our original feature was published on November 4, 2020.

In that second feature, we pointed out the fact that Satcher, on October 12, 2019, warned his dating partner, Cynthia Chapman, that he would “call the police” on her.  Satcher allegedly expressed frustration with Chapman entailing his contention that she had in her possession a key to his truck and a couple of other minor items (one of which we think was a T-shirt).  Chapman emphatically denied being in possession of any of Satcher’s belongings.  Satcher then stressed, “I’m not going to lose my job over this!”

The ultimate irony of Satcher’s statements in the preceding paragraph is that the police were in fact called, but they were called to respond to him allegedly entering Chapman’s house without permission and then engaging in domestic abuse upon Chapman.

On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, we were notified that Satcher resigned his job as an LSP Trooper effective December 18, 2020 (hence, the irony of him saying he “would not lose my job over this,”).  We sought confirmation of that fact from LSP officials, and here’s what we got.  From the preceding document:

From: Chavez Cammon
To: Robert@SoundOffLA.com
Cc: Faye Morrison; Nick Manale
Subject: RE: Seeking Confirmation of the Resignation of Michael Satcher, II from LSP
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 10:23:45 AM

Mr. Burns,
Yes, Trooper Satcher resigned on December 18.

Capt. Chavez Cammon
Commander
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs / Recruiting Sections

From: Robert@SoundOffLA.com <Robert@SoundOffLA.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:23 PM
To: Nick Manale <Nick.Manale@la.gov>
Cc: Faye Morrison <Faye.Morrison@la.gov>; Chavez Cammon <Chavez.Cammon@la.gov>
Subject: Seeking Confirmation of the Resignation of Michael Satcher, II from LSP

Col. Manale:
Moments ago I received notification that LSP Trooper Michael Lynn Satcher, II has resigned from Louisiana State Police. Can you confirm that report for me? Thanks.

Robert Edwin Burns, founder and author
SOUND OFF LOUISIANA

We were also provided with amended copies of the Bills of Information pertaining to Satcher which do in fact reflect the fact that Jeff Landry’s Office is pursuing felony charges against Satcher.  The amended Bills of Information also provide more insight into the nature of Satcher’s alleged conduct once he allegedly entered Chapman’s home.  Here are the two revised Bills of Information:

In the following video, Sound Off Louisiana’s founder, Robert Burns, takes a few minutes to address the Satcher resignation and the widening probe being conducted into LSP’s Air Support Unit’s operations:


Burns elaborates upon the Satcher resignation and expands upon Sound Off Louisiana‘s widening probe of allegations of improprieties and recklessness at LSP’s Air Support Unit.  The feature at which Mark Morrison stated that, in order to be hired as a pilot at LSP’s Air Support Unit, one must “first and foremost, be an LSP Trooper,” is available by clicking here.

Satcher’s next scheduled court hearing is February 25, 2021.  We’ll certianly continue to follow this case closely and keep our subscribers informed of its ultimate disposition.

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Concerned over potential Covid-19 death, LUI officials file Federal and State litigation, hold “emergency press conference” seeking the immediate release of Pastor Errol Victor Sr. from St. Charles Parish Prison.


Belinda Parker-Brown, founder Louisiana United International (LUI)

Sound Off Louisiana subscribers will recall we published a feature on June 20, 2020 wherein a group of activists associated with VOTE (Voice of The Experienced) engaged in a peaceful protest at Angola State Prison calling for the release of inmates as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As is outlined on the preceding linked feature, soon after the demonstration, we met for a one-on-one interview with Ms. Belinda Parker-Brown, and she informed our subscribers of the status of one particular inmate:  Pastor Errol Victor, Sr.  Victor was convicted of murder in a 10-2 jury verdict about a decade ago.  The U. S. Supreme Court recently ruled that such convictions are null as a result of the fact that the jury’s decision was not unanimous.  Parker-Brown and her organization, United Louisiana International (LUI), fought for Victor’s release from Angola, and he ultimately was released from Angola with the intent of transfer to a Parish Prison (presumably to be re-charged with murder and retried).

Parker-Brown indicates that he was initially to be transferred to St. John the Baptist Parish Prison; however, she indicates they, “did not want him.”  Consequently, he was transferred to the St. Charles Parish Prison where members of her organization contend he has been intentionally placed in order to ensure that, “he dies of exposure to the Covid-19 virus.”

Parker-Brown indicates that Victor’s medical condition has now reached dire straits, and members of her organization are concerned that his death may be imminent.  Accordingly, yesterday (Tuesday, December 22, 2020), officials affiliated with her organization convened an “emergency press conference,” to direct as much attention as possible to Victor’s predicament.  The press conference was conducted over Zoom, and we at Sound Off Louisiana attended.  Here is a 22-minute highlight of that press conference:


22-Minute highlight video of an “emergency press conference” held by LUI on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 entailing the plight of St. Charles Parish Prison inmate Pastor Errol Victor, Sr.
CLICK HERE for the press conference in its entirety.
CLICK HERE for Parker-Brown’s Writ of Habeas Corpus filed in 29th JDC in Louisiana on behalf of Rev. Victor on December 17, 2020.
CLICK HERE for Victor’s Federal Complaint filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana’s Federal Court on December 21, 2020.
CLICK HERE for the Federal Court’s Notice of Deficiency pertaining to Victor’s complaint dated December 22, 2020.

Although it’s pretty difficult to make out what Pastor Victor is saying, anyone is welcome to click here to listen to a one-minute recorded conversation that Parker-Brown had with Pastor Victor on the morning of Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

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