Jul 272015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Before every great tragedy lies a series of rash policy decisions.

When 9/11 struck, we rapidly passed the Patriot Act and created the Transportation Security Administration. Provisions of the former permitted unconstitutional searches, while the latter subjected us to overly-intrusive searches executed by a frenzied, unfeeling bureaucracy.

The most recent tragedy we’ve experienced was on a much smaller scale, but it hit relatively close to home. On July 23, at the Grand Palace 16 movie theater in Lafayette, a man now know to be John Russell Houser fired a pistol into the crowd 20 minutes into the viewing of the Amy Schumer comedy “Trainwreck.” Continue reading »

Jul 182015
 

Kendall Tate (via opcso.org)

Kendall Tate (via opcso.org)

A man who suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder early Friday morning on Adams Street in Carrollton actually shot himself, and made up a story of being robbed, New Orleans police say, and they have arrested him on charges of filing a false police report and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. Continue reading »

Jul 092015
 

nopd2 featNew Orleans police investigators have no evidence to believe that the report of a recent home-invasion on Pine Street is connected in any way to a previous incident on Broadway Street, in part because the victim herself has such an uncertain recollection of what actually happened to her, authorities said this week. Continue reading »

Jul 082015
 
Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue in April. The same boy was arrested again this week in connection with another armed robbery attempt, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A teenage boy was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to rob a man at gunpoint last week on Napoleon Avenue near Freret Street, and investigators say he had only been free for a single day after his last arrest for two armed robberies on Napoleon and Magazine in April. Continue reading »