Jul 222016
 

Just a month after contemplating the creation of a new security district, with 24-hour manned patrol cars, residents of the Lower Garden District are now exploring another way to increase safety: a widespread installment of crime cameras.

Members of the Coliseum Square Neighborhood Association took a preliminary survey at their monthly meeting this week to see how many residents would be interested in one or both measures, in order to beef up security in the area.

About a dozen people — the majority of those in attendance at the meeting — indicated they’d like to have crime cameras installed around the neighborhood. Nine raised their hands when asked if they wanted private patrol, too. Continue reading »

Jul 202016
 
Crime-scene investigators photograph what witnesses described as a human jaw bone outside a home-construction site on Zimpel Street on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crime-scene investigators photograph what witnesses described as a human jaw bone outside a home-construction site on Zimpel Street on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A construction worker digging under a newly built home on Zimpel Street discovered a sealed box with a velvet bag inside containing what appeared to be a human jaw bone Tuesday evening, prompting an investigation by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office. Continue reading »

Jul 182016
 
Police gather in front of a bullet-riddled car on Delachaise and South Robertson in Central City on Monday evening. The NOPD are investigating this fatal shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Police gather in front of a bullet-riddled car on Delachaise and South Robertson in Central City on Monday evening. The NOPD are investigating this fatal shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

An unidentified man was shot to death Monday afternoon inside a vehicle on Delachaise Street in the Milan neighborhood, New Orleans police said.

A visibly distraught man is pulled from the crime scene after rushing under the tape near the sight on a fatal shooting on Delachaise and South Robertson on Monday. The NOPD is currently investigating this shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A visibly distraught man is pulled from the crime scene after rushing under the tape near the sight on a fatal shooting on Delachaise and South Robertson on Monday. The NOPD is currently investigating this shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 182016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

A few years ago, local NBC affiliate WDSU reported on an embarrassment familiar to all New Orleanians, namely the fact that street signs seem to be regarded as more of a luxury in this city than an obvious necessity. Particularly absent are those signs actually identifying the names of streets – you know, so you can actually find your way around.

“If you think about some of the basic things you expect a city to have, in terms of the impression of the city, if it doesn’t have a street sign it kind of lets you know they don’t have it all together,” local resident Francis James told reporters. His intersection had no signs at all. Continue reading »

Jul 122016
 
A protester holds a sign during a rally demanding justice for Eric Harris on Friday, July 8. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

A protester holds a sign during a rally demanding justice for Eric Harris on Friday, July 8. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Louisiana became a flashpoint this week for the seemingly never-ending debate over police shootings. Alas, the general reaction has been to draw the wrong conclusions and debate the wrong issue. Continue reading »

Jul 122016
 
Three people were killed and four people were injured in other shootings since Friday. Not shown: Tuesday morning shooting on Fig Street. (map via NOPD)

Three people were killed and four people were injured in other shootings since Friday. Not shown: Tuesday morning shooting on Fig Street. (map via NOPD)

Three people were killed and four other people were injured in seven separate acts of violence around Uptown New Orleans since Friday evening, with the most recent shooting just after midnight Monday, police said Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

Jul 092016
 
The mother of Eric Harris, who was shot to death Feb. 8 by Jefferson Parish deputies, marches with a sign demanding justice for her son following a rally in Central City on Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The mother of Eric Harris, who was shot to death Feb. 8 by Jefferson Parish deputies, marches with a sign demanding justice for her son following a rally in Central City on Friday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Exactly five months ago, while Lundi Gras parades rolled just a few blocks away, the street outside Thaunta Kirk’s front door rapidly devolved into bloody chaos after 22-year-old Eric Harris crashed into a utility pole and Jefferson Parish deputies shot him to death while he sat in his front seat.

On Friday, Kirk watched a very different scene unfold from her Phillip Street porch — a large group of people from all walks of life gathered not only to remember Harris, but to demand accountability from the police system that killed him. Continue reading »

Jul 082016
 
(via https://www.facebook.com/events/286132271741029/)

(via https://www.facebook.com/events/286132271741029/)

The Family of Eric Harris, a man who was recently killed in the Central City by deputies from the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office, and organizers for #JusticeForEricHarrisNOLA will hold a solidarity press conference, rally and community march at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

According to organizers, the press conference is being held to communicate a stand of solidarity with the family and communities of both Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile of St. Paul, Minnesota, who were both killed by police in recent days. Continue reading »

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Jul 072016
 

At any community meeting involving New Orleans Police officers, their pleas to citizens to take the simplest steps to prevent crime are repeated as consistently as a mantra: Don’t leave your car doors unlocked. Don’t leave valuables inside your car.

Now, a video from an auto burglary on Coliseum Street in the Lower Garden District shows in crystal-clear quality how quickly an opportunistic thief can get in and of your unlocked vehicle with the belongings you left inside: less than 20 seconds. Continue reading »