Nov 282016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

Vietnam War Correspondent Peter Arnett claimed to have overheard this quote from an unnamed American major regarding the shelling of of Bến Tre city in early 1968. Its veracity is questionable, and in any event, Bến Tre was largely rubble due to attacks from the north before US artillery began its assault to rout the Vietcong.

However, that dubious quote has lingered as a paradigmatic example of a peculiar brand of cognitive dissonance: the notion that you can intentionally eradicate something in the midst of preserving it. Obviously, you can’t have it both ways, but a similar idea has come to mind in the wake of the shooting on Bourbon Street this past weekend in which one person was killed and nine others were wounded. Continue reading »

Nov 232016
 

Red Hyundai Elantra similar to the vehicle taken Wednesday morning. (image via NOPD)

Red Hyundai Elantra similar to the vehicle taken Wednesday morning. (image via NOPD)

Hours after the Second District commander of the New Orleans Police Department warned overnight drivers to be vigilant against possible carjackers, a second motorist was robbed of her car by assailants who rear-ended her before attacking her. Continue reading »

Nov 212016
 

Two people were robbed of their vehicle at gunpoint early Sunday morning on Adams Street in Carrollton, New Orleans police said.

The victims, a 29-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were in the 2100 block of Adams Street (between Panola and Sycamore) around 5 a.m., when two men approached, according to the initial NOPD report.

“The subjects stole the victim’s keys, cell phones, wallets and drove off in their vehicle,” the report states. “The vehicle was later recovered.”

Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Nov 182016
 
Panelist speak on criminal-justice reform Thursday evening at Tulane University. (Della Hasselle, UptownMessenger.com)

Panelist speak on criminal-justice reform Thursday evening at Tulane University. (Della Hasselle, UptownMessenger.com)

More de-escalation training, a renewed focus on New Orleans youth and better programming to help the indigent could be integral to reforming the criminal justice system in Louisiana, according to key members of the system in Orleans Parish.

Those were some of many topics raised during a panel discussion held by The Press Club of New Orleans in collaboration with Tulane University’s Criminal Law Clinic on Thursday night. Other subjects included the crafting and enforcement of laws, the city’s history of mass incarceration, and ways to better implement rehabilitation within state and federal facilities.

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Nov 152016
 

The 3800 block of Nashville is the last block of Nashville before Fontainebleau. Tuesday's incidents are not yet shown on city crime maps. (map via NOPD)

The 3800 block of Nashville is the last block of Nashville before Fontainebleau. Tuesday’s incidents are not yet shown on city crime maps. (map via NOPD)

A New Orleans police officer fired a shot at a man holding a gun on Nashville Avenue in Fontainebleau, where an aggravated rape was also reported overnight, authorities said Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

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Nov 142016
 

Hamilton Street armed robbery. The robbery attempt on Camp Street is not yet shown on NOPD crime maps. (map via NOPD)

Hamilton Street armed robbery. The robbery attempt on Camp Street is not yet shown on NOPD crime maps. (map via NOPD)

A man was robbed of his SUV at gunpoint on Hamilton Street in Hollygrove, and a woman driving through the Lower Garden District escaped an apparent robbery attempt at a traffic signal on Camp Street, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Nov 102016
 

Brian K. Ward (via opcso.org)

Brian K. Ward (via opcso.org)

A man arrested following an armed robbery downtown will be charged in a recent robbery on Apple Street, and is likely linked to four other robberies around the Carrollton corridor, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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