The police were responding to a false burglar alarm.
I may be in the insensitive minority but I wonder about the news media devoting so much time to the killing of a black dog owned by white doctor when so many young black men are killed in our streets that no one bothers to keep track of the number any more.
According to the AP
There were 54 murders in the first quarter of this year, compared to 59 last year, Riley said. Of those, 60 percent have been solved and 30 people arrested. The national average for clearing homicide cases is 55 percent, Riley said. Of the remaining open 2008 cases, nearly 90 percent have possible suspects and are close to being solved, he said.The chief cites the reduction from 59 to 55 as progress, doesn't seem like it to me. The Time Picayune says there were only 42 murders in the first quarter. I wonder where the difference comes from. It's not an insignificant discrepancy. Thanks to M. D Filter for pointing that out to me.
We also have the trial of the accused killer of Dinerral Shavers. David Bonds was exonerated by a jury of his peers.
That trial was, it seems to me, a perfect illustration of everything wrong with New Orleans criminal justice.
A witness recanted under apparent pressure from her family and possible intimidation from the accused.
The police apparently failed to find witnesses necessary for the prosecution.
The public defender seems to have been given latitude to suggest all sort of things without any proffer of proof.
Reports say the jury voted 11-1 to convict.
Every component of the criminal justice seems to have failed.
A seriously and deeply divide citizenry with no confidence in a police department with a history of incompetent leadership, brutality and corruption.
A prosecutors office historically more concerned with its own reputation than protecting the community it serves.
An elected judiciary that fails to impose discipline on an out of control system.
Guy McEwan a witness in the trial was murdered not much later. Many have called it revenge, I'm not so sure. McEwan had drug charges pending so his killing might have been over something else.
It seems a murdered black dog is more likely to get justice than a murdered young black man.