Trick or treat--you decide: What's surprising about last week's Halloween is that everyone acts like it was something out of the ordinary. On the contrary, it was much like Halloween last year when 2 men were killed in the French Quarter and another shot in the head.
What may have caught the public's attention this year were the number of bystanders hit by stray bullets as gunmen in 2 incidents sprayed the streets with gunfire in going after their intended targets. Bullets flying all around takes the fun out of being there.
- Bourbon and St. Louis streets, 11.1.11, 12:13 a.m.: After a gunman opened fire on a crowd in front of Chris Owens Club, police at first thought it was a shoot-out between 2 men with checkered pasts.
Three days later (11.4.11), cops nabbed Marvin Carter, 19, and charged him with murder. Police Chief Ronal Serpas labeled both the shooter and the victim as possible career criminals.
Glover's record shows 5 felony and 17 misdemeanor arrests, including possession of heroin, marijuana and oxycodone, resisting an officer, and filing false public records.
- Canal Street at University Place, 11.1.11, 1:45 a.m.: Cops wasted no time in taking down Baltiman Malcolm, 24, after he allegedly opened fire with a Glock with an extended magazine, spraying 32 rounds into the crowd.
Why?: After the spree of Halloween homicides and scary shootings, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Super Chief Ronal Serpas were asking "Why?"
The problem is, New Orleans can't wait for the next generation to outgrow the "culture of violence" (if that miracle should ever occur) to cure the crime problem. The problem is right NOW and no number of officers on the streets seems to be deterrent--police are continually perplexed by the number of miscreants willing to do their dirty deeds with cops only a few feet away.
So what's the solution?
But I contend this indifference to the small stuff (and patrolling in cars with the windows rolled up and the officer on his cellphone to his girlfriend) breeds a lack of respect for the NOPD--reinforcing the old adage that "NOPD" stands for "Not Our Problem Dude."
Family rats him out: In great detective work that followed lax police work after a Slidell optometrist was murdered and robbed in the French Quarter, cops identified a Dillard student as the likely culprit. Then the suspect's family ratted him out and led police to 19-year-old Bobby J. Troy Jr.
Troy is accused of striking 37-year-old Brent Hachfeld on the back of the head and robbing him at Dauphine and Dumaine streets on 10.16.11. Hachfeld was hauled by ambulance to the hospital where he died a short time later.
(The NOPD's highly-paid flak, Remi Braden, distributed copies of the surveillance video from Dauphine Street to "all local media" but didn't bother to show it to the public. Those TV stations might show it once or twice, but otherwise the public has no access to it, like on YouTube. More effort on the part of the NOPD's "Public" Affairs Division might have kept this murder suspect from slipping from local homicide detectives' grasp.)
On the ball: Sometimes it takes a while, but 8th District Det. John Ball always seems to get his man. This time the suspect was already in OPP after being arrested on another charge when Ball linked him to the shooting of 2 men last July in the 100 block of Bourbon Street.
Auto Theft, Loyola & Poydras, 11:06 a.m.
Shoplifting, 406 N Peters, 9:51 p.m.
Simple Robbery, 700 Royal, 10:06 p.m.
Aggravated Battery, 100 Bourbon, 11:08 p.m.
Auto Theft, 701 S Rampart, 7:30 p.m.
Auto Theft, Decatur & St Louis, 12:10 p.m.
Pickpocketing, Bourbon & St Philip, 4:06 p.m.
Auto Theft, Burgundy & St Ann, 4:40 p.m.
Theft, 8 Canal, 2:43 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 100 Carondelet, 4:03 p.m.
Auto Theft, 200 S Villere, 5:10 p.m.
Shoplifting , 705 Camp, 5:29 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 365 Canal, 5:33 p.m.
Shoplifting , 400 N Peters, 6:33 p.m.
Auto Burglary, Baronne & Perdido, 8:35 a.m.
Simple Robbery, Decatur & St Louis, 12:33 p.m.
Theft, 123 Baronne, 1:40 p.m.
Shoplifting, 800 Canal, 7:08 a.m.
Theft, 800 Common, 9:36 a.m.
Theft, 935 Gravier, 5:28 p.m.
Pickpocketing, Bourbon & Conti, 10:21 p.m.
Auto Theft, 500 Barracks, 5:04 a.m.
Theft, 301 Camp, 5:42 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 935 Barracks, 11:22 a.m.
Theft, Decatur & St Peter, 5:45 p.m.
Theft, 801 Bourbon, 11:49 p.m.
Burglary, 1300 Canal, 8:27 a.m.
Bicycle Theft, 1201 Burgundy, 12:42 p.m.
Theft, 500 Canal, 10:18 p.m.
Theft, Magazine & Poydras, 7:54 a.m.
Auto Theft, 732 Camp, 9:23 a.m.
Theft, 129 Royal, 12:44 p.m.
Shoplifting, 808 Chartres, 5:35 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 600 Baronne, 5:56 p.m.
Auto Theft, Constance & Lafayette, 7:29 p.m.
Theft, 1431 Royal, 3:22 a.m.
Theft, Poydras & Tchoupitoulas, 4:44 a.m.
Bicycle Theft, 1100 Poydras, 1:46 p.m.
Theft, 411 Bourbon, 10:26 p.m.
Armed Robbery (knife), 500 Dumaine, 12:51 a.m.
Theft, 721 Bourbon, 2:42 a.m.
Shoplifting, 917 Decatur, 12:09 p.m.
Theft, 1500 Poydras, 3:51 p.m.
Theft, 739 Canal, 6:32 p.m.
Theft, 1300 Perdido, 7:04 p.m.
Residence Burglary, 637 St Peter, 8:47 p.m.
Simple Robbery, Canal & Elk Pl, 10:32 a.m.
Theft, 1834 Dauphine, 11:14 a.m.
Theft, 300 Bourbon, 11:25 a.m.
Shoplifting, 1000 Canal, 1:06 p.m.
Simple Robbery Attempt, Decatur & Ursuline, 6:57 p.m.
Pursesnatching, 900 Dumaine, 7:03 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 300 S Rampart, 3:19 a.m.
Theft, 801 Chartres, 7:27 a.m.
Business Burglary, 800 Common, 7:39 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 500 Wilkinson, 4:45 p.m.
Theft, 1412 Royal, 11:23 a.m.
Theft, 201 Baronne, 1:59 p.m.
Auto Theft, 1212 Royal, 3:12 p.m.
Aggravated Assault, 800 Conti, 9:33 p.m.
Burglary, 300 Bourbon, 10:13 p.m.