EBRP District Attorney Hillar More, the guest speaker at the Baton Rouge Press Club meeting of Monday, December 6, 2021, responds to a question by Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns regarding why he declined to prosecute former Louisiana State Trooper’s Association Executive Director David Young.
On June 28, 2019, WAFB (Channel 9 in Baton Rouge) aired this feature on the arrest of former Louisiana State Trooper’s Association Executive Director David Young on multiple felony counts: 1) aggravated assault with a firearm, 2) illegal use of a weapon, and 3) false imprisonment – offender armed with a dangerous weapon. It was all captured on video on the previously-linked feature.
We at Sound Off Louisiana make it a point to track such matters with the EBRP Clerk of Court’s Office. After 20 months went by and not even so much as an arraignment appearing on the EBRP Clerk’s system, on Monday, March 8, 2021, Sound Off Louisiana’s founder, Robert Burns, sent WAFB’s news director, Robb Hays, this email, inquiring if WAFB may follow up on its original feature. From that email from Burns:
Is there any potential for WAFB to perform a follow‐up feature asking EBRP District Attorney Hillar Moore why absolutely nothing (beyond the attached Affidavit of Probable Cause for Young’s arrest) has been done in furtherance of his prosecution?
It just seems that, in matters entailing Louisiana State Police, as newly‐installed Col. Lamar Davis said at the last Louisiana State Police Commission meeting, “the public is getting the perception that police officers are getting treated special.” He is certainly correct, and one can only openly ponder if such “special treatment” (Col. Davis’ own words) don’t extend to associates of police officers such as former LSTA Executive Director David Young.
As is apparent on the email link above, Hays replied that he would conduct an immediate follow-up. He did so, which led to this follow-up feature by WAFB on March 9, 2021.
In the above-linked feature, WAFB opted not to do a formal television update but instead merely posted a written feature on its website.
Given the nature of the video in WAFB’s original feature, we believe that Louisiana citizens are owed a better explanation of why DA Hillar Moore opted not to prosecute Young. We provided him with an opportunity to elaborate on his decision not to prosecute at the Baton Rouge Press Club (BRPC) meeting of Monday, December 6, 2021, at which he was the guest speaker. Here’s what he had to say:
Moore is asked by Burns to elaborate on his decision not to prosecute Young, and Moore responds.
We can only state that, apparently, when it comes to prosecution of Louisiana State Police troopers and their affiliates, even compelling video evidence broadcast on one of the widest media outlets in Louisiana apparently isn’t enough! We’ll conclude by noting that Young’s reckless act transpired barely 30 days after the Ronald Greene incident!
CLICK HERE for Moore’s presentation in its entirety.
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