New Orleans Police officials modeled the new cameras Friday that will be part of all on-duty officers’ uniforms this year, as efforts continue to recruit more officers to shore up the ranks of the shrinking police force.
With New Year’s Eve a scant day away, it is only fitting that I commit this column to a particularly relevant topic: Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
First, I’d like to preface this piece by observing that nobody actually supports drunk driving. It’s a contributing cause to innumerable auto accidents and fatalities. It frustrates law enforcement and makes mothers M.A.D.D.
However, in spite of popular efforts to present a DUI as the moral equivalent of nun beating, activists and local governments are committed participants in a conspiracy to presenting driving drunk as a mere peccadillo – a “petty offense” that does not merit significant concern.
A member of the gang associated with the 2012 killing of 5-year-old Briana Allen has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for other crimes, and two men have been indicted on murder charges related to the fatal Aug. 29 shooting of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels.
In a separate case, a woman watering her plants on her Nashville Avenue porch threw a glass of water at a man with a gun to thwart his robbery attempt Saturday afternoon, police said.
A woman who was beaten and kicked in the head during a carjacking attempt in August died in late November after weeks of headaches, family members say, but the coroner’s office is still investigating her death and New Orleans police do not consider her death a murder, according to a report by Monica Herndandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
As investigators pour over surveillance video and other leads they’ve gathered, the total reward has been increased to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of an armored-car guard in the parking lot of the Chase bank on South Carrollton Avenue.
A leader of one of the NOPD Sixth District’s task forces was placed on emergency suspension Thursday night amid allegations of driving recklessly and trying to escape a Causeway Police officer, New Orleans police officials said.