Robberies? What robberies?: It's hard to believe, but there's been only one robbery reported in the 8th District (French Quarter, Marigny Triangle, CBD) in the past 2 weeks. And in that case, the would-be robber got the crap beat out of him so badly by the would-be victim it's hard to tell who the victim was. What happened was this:
Tourist go home: This one is not likely to anytime soon. Okay, so you're driving in a strange city and you accidentally turn the wrong way down a one-way street. If you get stopped by the cops, you take your ticket, get turned around the right way, and leave quietly.
You heard it here first: Hopefully you read Brendan McCarthy's story in the T-P on Sunday about Big Chief Warren Riley being criticized for meting out unequal discipline to his cops.
What's gone unmentioned is Riley's racism which clouds his decisions on whether or not to dismiss officers. While our evidence is anecdotal, we've heard repeated tales of white officers being fired by Riley while a black officer draws a brief suspension for the same infraction. (See NOcrimeline.com for 8.19.09)
No surprises there: You probably weren't surprised to read this morning's T-P headline: "NOPD performance satisfies only 1/3 of residents surveyed."
- are better educated;
- have initiated more contact with police than other districts, and
- have lived in the 8th District (mainly French Quarter) a shorter time than residents of other parts of the city (leading them to be more apt to make comparisons with how things where they lived before--"up North we did it this way...")
Speaking of which: We should know by Friday all the candidates for mayor. Be sure to quiz them every chance you get on who they would appoint as the new police chief.