Since the federal Department of Justice enacted a sweeping blueprint for reforming the troubled New Orleans Police Department nearly four years ago, dozens of new policies have been implemented, new officers are being trained on them, and the rights of all residents now have better protection as a result, department officials said Thursday night.
Now that Sheriff Marlin Gusman has acknowledged that he must cede day-to-day jail operations to a government-approved independent compliance director, how will the millions in reforms be paid for? The new expenses include the compliance director’s salary and benefits, other costs for new staff he or she will bring in as well as the new dollars needed to reach the federal government’s consent decree goals. It will be pricey for sure because the task is so large.
The NOPD needs the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an armed robbery and aggravated assault on Constance Street.
On Friday, June 17, Sixth District officers responded to an armed robbery with a firearm in the 2700 block of Constance. The victim reported that an unknown black male grabbed her from behind while she was unloading groceries from her car. He placed the barrel of a gun to her neck and demanded her car key fob. The victim began screaming and pushed the gun aside, at which time the suspect grabbed the key fob, pushed the victim to the ground and attempted to flee in her car.
Members of the Coliseum Square Association floated the idea of adding a private patrol in the Lower Garden District on Monday night – a suggestion that was met with both strong support and staunch opposition from residents.
I awoke as the shots rang outside my bedroom window in the wee hours on Saturday. By the time I emerged from my house, wearing a garish, plaid Sears robe with my trusty shotgun in hand, there was nobody to be seen save a lone security guard. He crept forward from Eiffel Society, a venue down the street, his pistol drawn and at the ready.
The police arrived, shutting off the 2000 block of Prytania, but aside from collecting a few random shell casings there was ostensibly little investigation to be performed.
Naturally, I was unnerved by the experience. However, my fear was not turned against a mere instrumentality. Alas, the same cannot be said of the reaction of many Americans to the mass shooting that took place a week ago in Orlando.
After a vehicle break-in on Jena Street this weekend, two suspects were caught on surveillance camera, and New Orleans police have released their photo in hopes that the public can help identify them.
A man was injured in a shooting Wednesday morning on LaSalle Street just off Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans police said, and neighbors say a homeowner shot him while he was trying to break into the house.
After an armed robbery spree last week began in the Carrollton area and moved through Mid-City and downtown before ending in a crash in Gentilly, New Orleans police detectives say their investigation has widened to dozens of armed robbery cases in and around the city.
The reward for information in the fatal shooting May 7 of a Tulane graduate has been raised to $30,000 as his family members plead with the city of New Orleans to deliver the answers to the questions that keep them up at night a month after his death.
A 60-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday morning inside a home on Colapissa Street in Hollygrove, New Orleans police said.