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 »