LSP Col. Davis promotes Cammon, Van Buren to Lt. Colonels; demotes Oliphant from Lt. Colonel back to Major.

Former Lt. Col. Jay Oliphant, whom newly-installed LSP Colonel Lamar Davis demoted to Major effective Monday, January 4, 2021.

Sound Off Louisiana subscribers may recall that, near the end of the video associated with our feature entailing the resignation of alleged domestic abuser Michael Lynn Satcher II, we stated that we saw “encouraging early sings” from newly-installed LSP Col. Lamar Davis.  We also indicated that our LSP sources indicated that a realignment of LSP upper brass was imminent, but we indicated that it would be inappropriate for us to comment on the prospective moves prior to Col. Davis making the moves official.

On Monday, January 4, 2021, Col. Davis made the alignment official.  Let us first provide the folk involved in the realignment, after which Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns will, via video, provide his rationale for why he deems these moves encouraging, especially the demotion of former Lt. Col. Jay Oliphant back to Major.

Captain Chavez Cammon transferred and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Superintendent/Patrol.

Captain Kenneth VanBuren transferred and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Superintendent/Investigations.

LTC Jay D. Oliphant transferred and reassigned as Major, Command Inspector, Executive Officer

Now, for the video discussion of the above:

Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns provides his take on the two promotions and one demotion announced by Louisiana State Police Col. Lamar Davis effective Monday, January 4, 2021.  [Note:  Burns inadvertently stated that Cammon’s promotion was to be over “parole.”  He is actually be over “patrol.”  Also, on one segment of the video, Burns stated that VanBuren now occupies the position previously held by Robert Brown.  That isn’t correct as it is Doug Cain who now holds the position previously occupied by Robert Brown.  We regret those minor errors.] 
Links for episodes referenced by Burns for areas overseen by former Lieutenant Colonel Jay Oliphant follow:

1.  Kasha Domingue.
2.  Jacob Brown.
3.  Ronald Greene
4.  August McKay (A) and August McKay (B)
5.  Kaleb Reeves (Note:  CLICK HERE for documentation on all of Kaleb Reeves’ fleet accidents during his LSP career).
6.  Michael Lynn Satcher, II.

The full January 9, 2019 feature for Oliphant’s key role in the transfer of former Col. Reeves’ son, Kaleb, to a detective position is here.  Relevant segments pertaining to Oliphant from that feature are replicated below:

Level 3 Approval:  Jay Oliphant, whom Reeves promoted to Region 3 Major on June 27, 2017.  Incredibly, and from what we are told by our LSP sources, Oliphant THEN RECEIVED A SECOND PROMOTION (to a highly-prestigious position of Lieutenant Colonel)  as Deputy Superintendent of Patrol (the position now occupied by Cammon) sometime after June 27, 2017.

Lieutenant Colonel Oliphant is perhaps the most intriguing player in the mix.  As long-time Sound Off Louisiana subscribers are aware, it is Oliphant who is the central focus of former Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC) member Calvin Braxton’s defamation lawsuit against the Louisiana State Trooper’s Association (LSTA).  In essence, Braxton alleges that the material contained in a report authored by Oliphant, which can be viewed beginning on page three (3) at this link, constituted an orchestrated attempt by the LSTA to have him removed from the LSPC by having Oliphant produce a “fake” incident report which Braxton claims is completely false.  He also asserts in the lawsuit that the content of that incident report has defamed his character.

Experts with whom we’ve spoken with ties to LSP have told us that the incident report, which is dated June 2, 2016, is highly suspicious as to its credibility because the actual incident transpired on December 5, 2015.  These experts have informed us that it’s unheard of for an LSP Trooper to draft an incident report some 180 days after the incident, and they’ve told us that the norm is for such a report to be prepared within 24 hours of the incident or 48 hours at the latest.

The timing of Oliphant’s report is also suspicious in that Braxton was known to be working with former LSPC Executive Director Cathy Derbonne regarding irregularities at the LSPC.  Most noteworthy among those irregularities were illegal campaign contributions into Gov. Edwards’ (and others) campaigns in 2015 by the LSTA.  A consent agreement was reached with the State Board of Ethics entailing those illegal campaign contributions which called for a $5,000 fine to the LSTA.

Another interesting aspect of Lt. Colonel Oliphant is a Facebook post he made in early 2017 which follows:

Because LSP is itself law enforcement, Oliphant’s social media post seems particularly inappropriate and may have warranted disciplinary action because of the horrendously bad message that it sends to the public.  Specifically, it sends the message that someone citizens have entrusted to be brave when being called upon to help them resolve their insecurities or fears actually openly admits in a wide-open, available-to-the-world Facebook post that he struggles to manage his own insecurities and fears.  His reference to doing “whatever is necessary to protect those who are near and dear to me; including myself” could very easily be interpreted as an LSP Trooper willing to take the law and legal process into his own hands, which is something any LSP Trooper would warn any citizen against doing.

Braxton has denied any such focus on Oliphant.  Also, his attorney, Jill Craft, who also represents Derbonne in her LSPC litigation, states in the following interview with WWL in New Orleans, how Oliphant should have handled any such concerns on his part (for which we wholeheartedly agree with Craft’s statements in that regard):

Craft comments on Oliphant’s alleged fears of Braxton and Braxton’s contention that he was the victim of a smear campaign orchestrated by the LSTA designed to have him removed from the LSPC.

Stay tuned, folks!  We’re about to embark on a multi-part series entailing the depositions recently filed into the court record entailing Calvin Braxton’s ongoing civil litigation against Oliphant, Louisiana State Police ( added after the original lawsuit), and the Louisiana State Trooper’s Association (LSTA).  We think you’ll find many of the quotes from those depositions to be quite intriguing!

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12-year-old ice cream bar continues to cost Louisiana taxpayers dearly as prison inmate Errol Victor, Sr. says he was taken on 5-hour junket across state lines to ultimately be plopped at “some place called Catahoula.”

Louisiana prison inmate Errol Victor, Sr.

M. L. Lloyd, III.

Sound Off Louisiana subscribers will recall our late 2020 feature entailing prison inmate Errol Victor Sr. complaining about the conditions at the prison where he was being housed in St. Charles Parish.  Well, as the old saying goes, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.”  Victor’s loud complaints may have led to what he describes as a five-hour junket into the State of Mississippi to be relocated to another prison only to ultimately end up in prison at, “some place called Catahoula.”

We can only assume he references Catahoula Correctional Facility.  From the sound of Victor’s frustration, it would appear that junket and ultimate destination was not exactly what he had in mind.  Let’s listen to a three-minute recording provided to us by Louisiana United International (LUI)’s founder, Belinda Parker-Brown, wherein Victor describes his junket, which he states transpired on Wednesday, December 29, 2020:

Errol Victor, Sr. explains his December 29, 2020 five-hour junket for prison officials to locate a new place to house him.

We’ve had a few subscribers asking to be fully apprised of the Victor matter.  Since we’ve now published several features in which LUI has openly advocated for his immediate release, it probably would be a good idea to provide a table with bullet-like statements of what all has transpired.  Pre-2015 table entries are derived from this feature.

Date or General TimelineEvent or Occurrence
Sometime prior to April 1, 2008Errol Victor Sr. marries a lady named Tonya. They essentially form a Brady Bunch on steroids family as he has seven (7) boys, Tonya has four (4) boys, and they subsequently have two (2) boys together, for a total of 13 children (all boys).
April 1, 2008M.L. Lloyd III, 8, is pronounced dead at River Parishes Hospital; Errol and Tonya Victor, his mother and stepfather and stepbrother, Errol Victor, Jr., are arrested later that day.
April 15, 2008Errol Victor Sr., 42, is indicted by a St. John the Baptist Parish grand jury on a charge of first-degree murder in death of M.L. Lloyd III. The boy's mother, Tonya Victor, 33, and stepbrother, Errol Victor Jr., 24, were charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
September, 2009Errol and Tonya Victor indicted on second-degree murder charges. No charges filed against Errol Victor, Jr.
October, 2009St. John district attorney's office recuses itself from the case because an assistant district attorney had represented Errol Victor in business ventures.
February, 2010Judge Madeline Jasmine voids the September 2009 indictment against the Victors because a St. John sheriff's deputy on the grand jury wore a shirt that advertised his employment.
April, 2010Errol and Tonya Victor are re-indicted on second-degree murder charges in the case.
August, 2010Errol and Tonya Victor refused to enter a plea during an arraignment on second-degree murder charges. Errol Victor, shouting that he wanted to represent himself, was removed from the courtroom.
August, 2010Errol and Tonya Victor lose their bid to relocate their murder case from St. John Parish district court to federal court. The lawsuit alleged that the state is pursuing the "indictment solely because (the) defendants are African-Americans in St. John Parish" and that African-Americans are more likely to be treated unfairly, prosecuted and incarcerated in St. John than white defendants. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk said he found "no legitimate statutory basis" to remove the case from district court, stating precedent has shown that federal courts should not interfere with ongoing state court proceedings.
October, 2010Judge Mary Hotard Becnel agrees to allow Errol and Tonya Victor to use their right to self-representation. Over the couple's objections, Becnel also appointed attorneys from the public defenders office to act as advisers. The Victors said they didn't want the help because the attorneys didn't agree with their strategy.
August, 2011Judge Mary Hotard Becnel issues a bench warrant for the arrest of Errol and Tonya Victor after the couple fails to show up for their second-degree murder trial.
April, 2012Errol and Tonya Victor are captured and arrested in Georgia after being featured on television show, "America's Most Wanted."
July, 2012Errol and Tonya Victor are extradited to Louisiana, booked in St. John Parish with jumping bail.
August, 2014Errol Victor found guilty of second-degree murder; Tonya Victor found guilty of manslaughter in the death of 8-year-old M.L. Lloyd III.
September 14, 2014Tonya (sentenced to 21 years - eligible for parole after serving 11), and Victor (sentenced to life in prison), go on a tirade at sentencing.
November 6, 2018Louisiana voters overwhelming approve requiring a unanimous jury for a felony conviction. Victor was sentenced to life in prison based on a 10-2 verdict.
April 27, 2020U. S. Supreme Court vacates Victor's sentence based on the fact he was sentenced by a 10-2 jury verdict rather than 12-0.
November 24, 2020Victor makes a pro-se filing seeking to have his $1.5 million bond reduced, to be released based on not having been re-charged for the crime (alleged violation of right to a "quick and speedy" trial). Note: On page 17 of the linked 34-page document, the judge notates the fact that the $1.5 million bond had been vacated by the judge's own motion and that, upon a subsequent hearing on the matter, bond was denied.
December 23, 2020LUI holds this "emergency press conference" fearing Victor may succumb to the Corona virus while being housed in the St. Charles Parish jail
December 29, 2020Victor is taken on the junket outlined in this feature. LUI founder Belinda Parker-Brown sends this correspondence to the prison warden.

So, why the headline of today’s feature?  Because all of this incredible turmoil in the lives of everyone involved, the massive cost to Louisiana taxpayers, etc. all resulted from discipline allegedly inflicted for enjoying an ice cream bar without permission.  From the preceding feature:

The sons — now ages 16, 18, 20 and 21 —  each testified before a St. John the Baptist Parish jury that M.L. was whipped and beaten by Errol Victor, or whipped by one of Victor’s biological sons under his instructions, on March 31 and April 1, 2008, for taking an ice cream bar without permission.

Brandon Williams, 20, later testified that Errol Victor asked M.L. if he was sorry as he whipped him.

“(M.L.) said, I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Williams said. “(Errol Victor) said, “No, you’re not sorry because you’re not crying.”

At one point, they say, Errol Victor poured alcohol on the bleeding wounds on M.L.’s buttocks and whipped him some more. Victor also called Tonya Victor upstairs to watch the whipping, they said.

“She said ‘Stop, I don’t want to see this’,” Brandon Williams said. She was crying, but she didn’t try to intervene, he said.

Only a select few people know for sure what took place on March 31 and April 1, 2008, but one thing is for certain.  If the 10 jurors who voted to convict got it right (or, we guess, even if they may have gotten it wrong since we all are where we are on this thing), that was a massively-expensive ice cream bar, both from an emotional standpoint and especially from a cost standpoint on the taxpayers of Louisiana!

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