Feb 022017

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro speaks. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

In remarks delivered at the Criminal Justice Conference on Sexual Assault yesterday, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro blasted New Orleans city leaders for “working from the Neville Chamberlain manual of war planning.“ Great Britain’s prime minister from 1937 to 1940, Chamberlain was often blamed for failing to prepare the county for World War II and associated today with a policy of appeasement that allowed Nazi Germany to grow strong. Continue reading »

Jan 302017
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Flanked by Gov. John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a $40 million plan purportedly aimed at enhancing safety in New Orleans. The principal aim of the plan appeared to be twofold: 1) taming Bourbon Street; and, 2) beginning the process of turning New Orleans into some kind of Orwellian surveillance state. Continue reading »

Jan 232017
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Last week, I chronicled the exploits of New Orleans’ newest weapon against the scourge of speeding – roving speed camera vehicles. You’ll recall that one of these vehicles was caught doing something rather naughty; namely, it was seen parked across the sidewalk on Lakeshore Drive.

I fully expected that the city would do what it normally does when it gets caught with its pants down: either ignore the incident entirely or (alternatively) issue a statement expressing regret and vowing corrective action to ensure that it wouldn’t happen again.

Instead, the city chose Option “C.” It dug in its heels and defended the indefensible. Continue reading »

Jan 222017

New Orleans police officers inspect the body of a homicide victim. There was a homicide on the corner of LaSalle and Amelia street in Central City Sunday night, January 22, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A man was fatally shot in the head at an Amelia Street intersection Sunday night in the Milan neighborhood, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jan 182017
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

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. Continue reading »

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