Too close for comfort: It's amazing how a crime can occur right under your nose and you don't see or hear a thing.
While we were sitting watching the late news after the football game Monday (11.16.09) night, 2 white guys were robbed just outside our Bourbon Street windows by some black punk--and yet we were totally unaware of the incident until we read the police report 2 days later. This is one time where the patrol cars with blue lights flashing--which we've seen a lot of lately--didn't get the job done.
Each case is different. There have been cases where the victims essentially told would-be robbers to go to hell and they did. But I remember one case from a few years back (at Barracks and Burgundy streets, I believe) where the wife and daughter of a guy being robbed start screaming, so the nervous robber gut shot the man several times.
- Friday (11.13.09) 10:12 p.m.: A white woman walking in the 700 block of Bourbon Street (between Orleans Avenue and St. Ann Street) had her cellphone snatched from her grasp by a black guy who fled on St. Ann toward N. Rampart Street.
- Saturday (11.14.09) 3:30 a.m.: A white man walking in the 300 block of Burgundy Street (between Bienville and Conti streets) was robbed by 2 black boys armed with pistols. They fled on foot on Bienville toward N. Rampart Street.
- Saturday (11.14.09) 9:06 p.m.: Police arrested Brian Thompson, 47, when he attempted to flee after allegedly grabbing money from the hand of a white guy in the 800 block of Iberville Street (between Bourbon and Dauphine streets).
But who's going to be police chief?: Now that the mayoral candidates are coming out of the woodwork, it's time to start asking each of them who they will appoint as police superintendent.
Ask the candidates and demand an answer. Don't be blown off by the old bromide "We'll conduct a search for the best possible person." That's hogwash--if they don't know who they'll name, they haven't thought about the crime problem enough.
- Ronnie Serpas, former NOPD chief of operations and now chief of police in Nashville;
- Cathy Lanier, one tough cop who's chief of the Washington, D.C. police department;
- Edward A. Flynn, who's made a dent in Milwaukee's crime as chief there;
- James Bernazzani, hard-nosed former head of the FBI here who cares greatly for the city;
- NOPD possibilities: They should be well acquainted with Marlon Defillo, Jeff Winn, and Louis Dabdoub.
- Rob Couhig: http://couhig2010.com
- John Georges: http://georgesformayor.com
- Troy Henry: www.troyhenry.com
- Leslie Jacobs: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ed Murray: email@example.com
- James Perry: www.jamesperry2010.com
- Nadine Ramsey: http://nadineramsey.net
Speaking of Riley leaving: Do you think he'll give us an "honorable explanation" of what happened to that $19,000 (and maybe millions) that disappeared from the NOPD's evidence room. We're still waiting to hear from Dollar Bill Jefferson about his cold, hard cash.