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.”
An 8-year-old boy inside an Annunciation Street home was hit in the foot by gunfire from outside on Saturday evening, and a 28-year-old man was shot in the buttocks overnight near Eagle Street in Carrollton, New Orleans police said Sunday morning.
After a man broke into a Central City bar on Washington Avenue earlier this week, New Orleans police are hoping that surveillance video of the burglary will lead to the suspect’s identity and his arrest.
A New Orleans police officer responding to a vehicle fire Sunday morning on the interstate near South Claiborne Avenue was struck by a passing vehicle, leaving him seriously injured, authorities said.
New 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.
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.
A woman standing on Oleander Street just off South Carrollton was hit by a truck and killed overnight, New Orleans police said Saturday morning.
Two men were killed and two women were injured in three shootings in a series of violent outbreaks in Hollygrove and Central City over four hours Thursday evening, New Orleans police said.