Former LSPC Member Calvin Braxton
Our original feature on Calvin Braxton is replicated in its entirety below. Today’s focus is on Mr. Braxton’s 5/10/18 lawsuit against the Louisiana State Trooper’s Association (LSTA) and LSP Major Jay Oliphant.
Burns provides overview of Braxton v. LSTA and LSP Major Jay Oliphant
Documents obtained from LSPC entailing Braxton’s resignation:
Links referenced in Video:
Historical Braxton LSPC videos:
1. Questioning legitimacy of Lloyd Grafton’s resignation.
2. Braxton discusses LSPC’s liability over Derbonne “resignation.”
3. Braxton vents about a “lack of communication” from then-Chairman T. J. Doss.
Sound Off Louisiana’s feature entailing Cathy Derbonne’s litigation against LSPC.
Sound Off Louisiana’s feature entailing raw, naked, exploitation by the LSTA in a presentation to the LSPC to convince the LSPC to permit the LSTA to make political campaign contributions which are now the subject of multiple lawsuits.
Original Hayride post entailing the LSTA exploitation authored by Hayride owner Scott McKay at the direct request of Robert Burns, who stated at the time that he was too furious at what he’d seen and too entrenched with LSPC affairs at that point to draft an objective post in the immediate aftermath of the exploitation.
David Young, Executive Director of the LSTA, bluntly states that, if the LSTA is not permitted to make political campaign contributions, it “will disappear.” Young will be served with Braxton’s lawsuit. Also, we provide subscribers with the Consent agreement between the LSTA and the Louisiana State Board of Ethics entailing the political contributions to the campaign of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and others. Notice that Young admits to writing checks to candidates from his own account, after which he was reimbursed by the LSTA, a practice former LSPC Member Lloyd Grafton described as “straight-up money laundering.”
————-ORIGINAL BRAXTON FEATURE OF JULY 18, 2017————:
Fox 8’s Lee Zurik went straight for the jugular entailing Gov. John Bel Edwards’ inaction for a FULL YEAR after receiving this damning report entailing Louisiana State Police Commission (LSPC) Member Calvin Braxton attempting to use his influence and abuse his powers to have tickets fixed and even an attempt to have an LSP Trooper disciplined for arresting his daughter for DWI.
Though Braxton largely avoided Zurik’s questioning, he chose to address the matter with his colleagues once Zurik and his film crew left the meeting. Zurik incorporated Sound Off Louisiana’s video footage (beginning at the 6:10 mark of his report) of Braxton’s commentary in his report, including Braxton defiantly stating: “The Governor did what he did. I’m still here.”
Zurik also supplied a follow-up letter to Edwards sent by the Louisiana State Trooper’s Association dated June 19, 2017 point-blank asking Gov. Edwards, “whether or not you plan to proceed with specifications of charges against Mr. Braxton and have this matter set for a public hearing?”
Though she didn’t have the advantage of one-on-one interview footage with Braxton, WWL’s Katie Moore also featured the scandal on the 10:00 p.m. newscast. In her report, she too included Braxton’s bold statement supplied by Sound Off Louisiana footage (beginning at the 3:50 mark of her report) wherein Braxton characterized Governor Edwards as “doing what he did” (i.e. nothing) and the fact Braxton boldly proclaimed himself “still here.” Immediately after Braxton’s bold statement on Moore’s feature, Gov. Edwards’ Executive Counsel, Matthew Block, tip toes around Braxton’s alleged actions. That segment of the video speaks for itself.
Can anyone just imagine the campaign commercials to run in 2019 by top Republican contenders for Governor of Louisiana entailing this incident? The commercial can begin with Edwards’ oft-repeated “Honor Code” mantra of the 2015 campaign, followed by footage of him doing ZILCH about this situation for over a year (and that’s under the assumption he chooses to take action now). Even if Edwards severs ties with Braxton immediately, the question (just as Zurik posed) remains: Why did Governor John Bel Edwards sit on this for a full year and have to be forced into action by the media? It’s going to be a tough question for “Honor Code” to answer in the 2019 campaign!
The following video is Braxton’s full commentary regarding Zurik’s surprise visit at the LSPC meeting of Thursday, July 13, 2017:
7/13/17 LSPC Meeting: Commissioner Braxton comments publicly about allegations of “ticket fixing,” to include his daughter’s DWI.
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