This week, The New Orleans Advocate won a lawsuit against the Louisiana State Police ordering the department to release body-camera footage involving off-duty New Orleans Police Department officer, Sergeant Chantelle Davis, who was stopped for speeding. The ruling comes two years after Louisiana instated its body-worn camera law.
A lot of stories would just never come to life unless someone thought to request information about it. Sometimes those requests are inspired by a tip from a source or just a hunch a reporter has. Sometimes its filing just to see what comes back.