As Shreveport entered the 20th century, it was a city rife with bribery, corruption, and prostitution. Citizens complained about lewd women throughout the city (not in their restricted district), loud music, public brawling, violence, crime, and cops drunk on duty, saying the city was more unruly than New Orleans and the police failed to respond to citizen complaints. A witness said he asked a policeman if he did not see laws being violated. The officer replied, “I see a d---d sight of things that I don’t see.” (Shreveport Times, Oct. 23, 1901)
Dennis Dear Bazer had been working in local law enforcement for some time, first with the Caddo Parish Sheriff ’s department. The Shreveport Journal noted that Bazer strengthened Police Chief Lucar’s detective department by joining the plainclothes list (Feb. 17, 1913) after more than a year in uniform.
Back to serving the community as a deputy sheriff, Bazer arrested people for bootlegging, “delivering dope,” family desertion, and more from 1914 to 1918. In December 1918, Bazer had become Shreveport’s Chief of Police.
On January 22, 1919, the Times reported that Bazer ordered his officers to arrest any unemployed people on the city’s streets. They were to arrest “all persons, male or female, black or white, wearing diamonds or overalls, make no distinctions, who are not employed at useful occupations.”
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Take Salad Season to the Next Level
Warmer months typically call for lighter bites, and one of the first things that comes to mind for many is a fresh and flavorful salad. While a salad is a quick and easy way to up your veggie intake and get food on the table in next to no time, the same formula over and over again can make mealtimes feel mundane. To take your salads to the next level, think of those greens as a blank slate for creativity and look beyond the bowl for elements that can help create new, satisfying meals. Find more ideas to elevate salad season at freshexpress.com.
Turning 80, Hollywood Beauty Diane McBain Tackles New Career
STRESSED TO THE MAX?
Experts and Regular Folks Weigh in with Tips for Reducing Stress
Summer is Here. Are you Ready?
From the Bench
I Want My Truck Back!
Laws of the Land
Eggs: Are They Good or Bad for Me?
Eat Well Live Well
4 Remarkable Medicinal Uses for Baking Soda
History du Jour
D. D. Bazer: Town Tamer
Hank Garrett: ‘Car 54’ and Beyond
Retirement Brings With It Extra Time
Make The Best Of It
Dawkins gets new 4-year deal
One day after securing their head coach’s future, the Bills did the same exact thing with their franchise left tackle.
SHOT – BECAUSE HE WOULDN'T ARGUE WITH GALPAL! - COPS
A SHREVEPORT shrew shot her estranged boyfriend in cold blood because “he refused to argue with her,” investigators say.