New Orleans police take a trash can into evidence (after the body of a woman found in it was removed) from an alleyway off Danneel Street on Nov. 26. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)
Around Thanksgiving of 2014, police made the gruesome discovery of a woman’s body stuffed into a Central City trash can. While the neighborhood mourned the outgoing woman’s death, observers also noted the presence of a cryptic image on the wall near the Danneel Street alley where her body was stashed, a Cupid-like angel watching a figure walk away from arrows that missed.
Not too long afterward, officials at the Lycee Francais charter school were in the process of completing their purchase of the former Priestley campus in Carrollton, more than three miles away, when they noticed a politically charged mural on the old gym. “May the Police Force Be With You,” the stencil read, with an image of Darth Vader force-choking a man being held by police officers.
Like those who saw the image at the murder scene, the Lycee Francais officials wondered among themselves: Was it a Banksy?
A politically-themed stencil on the side of the Priestley gym, by a street artist known as ‘Az.’ (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
The answer, it turns out, is no, not at all. Continue reading »