Two boys were injured in a shooting Monday night on Green Street in Carrollton, the latest Uptown incident in what is being described as a dramatic escalation of gun violence across the city, New Orleans police said.
A video released by New Orleans police detectives shows the suspect who robbed a dozen people at gunpoint during a Christmas party on Fern Street, authorities said.
A man was shot Tuesday evening on South Liberty Street in Central City, and a woman stabbed her adult son in the back during an argument on Joliet Street in Carrollton a few minutes later, New Orleans police said.
Four armed robberies were reported in Uptown neighborhoods near the river within a three-hour time span Saturday evening, according to New Orleans police reports.
Victoria Coy, the executive director of the Louisiana Violence Reduction Coalition, went on a bit of a tear this past week over Louisiana’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) law. In an opinion piece written for The Lens, Coy made claims that, if true, would indeed be quite disturbing:
- “Stand Your Ground was tacked on to Louisiana’s Justifiable Homicide rules in 2006, upending centuries of common-sense definitions of self-defense.”
- “Under the revamped rules, you no longer have the duty to retreat from a threat before using lethal force. You need only ‘perceive’ a threat in order to justify meeting force with force — even if you could easily escape that threat.”
- “ Stand Your Ground has codified prejudice. . . . If black men are the scary ones, then why should they be afraid? It’s this exact logic that is not only encouraged, but required under the disastrous Stand Your Ground law.”
A late-night computer sale near Magazine Street erupted into an exchange of gunfire Thursday after one group of armed men tried to rob the other, New Orleans police said.
2016 is now mercifully over. Although the passage of time is normally bittersweet, this past year ranked more or less as the temporal equivalent of a swift kick to the groin. Thus, it was with some relief that New Orleans welcomed 2017 with champagne, food, revelry, and SWAT team members with M-16s placed menacingly about the French Quarter.
New Orleans police are investigating a homicide in Central City that left a single male victim dead Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
A teen was shot and a woman riding a bus nearby was injured by broken glass from a stray bullet Tuesday afternoon when gunfire broke out on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Central City, New Orleans police said.
The cutest Internet video of the week from New Orleans was, inarguably, that of “disco cop.” NOPD Sgt. L.J. Smith was providing security at the Luna Fete light/art festival as electronic dance music brayed from a nearby DJ when he began enthusiastically dancing along with the crowd.
In a city beset by violent crime that has been braced with recurring police scandals, the sight of a cop stepping side-to-side and blowing his whistle in time with the music was a welcome diversion.