Parade runs amok: You've probably heard by now of the melee that ensued after the Krewe of Eris staged a rogue parade Sunday (3.6.11) night. The exact route is not clear, what really happened is foggy, and the police and paraders don't even agree on where the police arrested 12 paraders.
In the Quarter, 8th District cops tried to escort the 200 or so--maybe as many as 400--marchers and musicians back across Elysian Fields and make it the 5th's problem. The parade was tailed up Bourbon Street by at least 6 of the 8th District's patrol cars. At Esplanade Avenue, the patrol cars fanned out to direct the parade toward the 5th.
The parade did cross Elysian Fields around 10 p.m. and was intercepted by the 5th District's taskforce which told the paraders they would have to disband "as a result of the group's riotous behavior" and because they did not have a parade permit, the police report said.
"As a result of the police disbanding the group, the large crowd of people began to physically confront the officers by cutting the tires on 2 marked police vehicles, aggressively throwing glass bottles and bricks at the officers, resulting in 12 suspects being arrested" after 6 officers were injured and had to be taken to the hospital, the report stated.
This all happened at Chartres Street and Elysian Fields, the police report seems to indicate, but those arrested say it happened about 4 blocks further into the Marigny where Chartres converges with St. Roch and Franklin avenues.
The cops went wild while confronting the crowd with unholstered guns, Tasers, and pepper spray, according to citizens who were there. There is video of one officer knocking the cellphone camera out of the hand of a citizen recording the arrests, clearly showing the police were out of control.
Certainly no one wants to stifle the spontaneity of Carnival by curtailing random parades, do they? Controlled chaos is what Carnival season is all about--the final frolic before Lent.
Quiet Mardi Gras, except...: Responding to a 911 call of a "male down" at Burgundy and Canal streets on Sunday around 9:27 p.m., 8th District officers found a 22-year-old black guy who had been stabbed multiple times in the abdomen, back and arm. He was hauled to the Interim LSU Public Hospital and was listed in good condition.
More hot heads: Who knows what they fight about, but they do:
- Sunday (3.6.11) 10 p.m.: A group of black fellas were walking near Bourbon and St. Louis streets when one of them got into a confrontation with 2 other black guys. When one of his buddies tried to extricate him from the situation, the 26-year-old peacemaker was stabbed in the lower back by one of the other dudes.
- Wednesday (3.9.11) 5:45 a.m.: Just because Mardi Gras is over doesn't mean you can't still act stupidly and get into a fight, like these 2 guys.
And a few robberies: What would a holiday be without a few robberies? But, in truth, there were no more reported than in a usual weekend:
- Tuesday (3.8.11) 12:30 a.m.: Just as Mardi Gras day began, a black dude descended upon a 23-year-old white guy standing on Canal Street near N. Rampart Street and grabbed the iPhone out of his hand. The victim struggled with the would be robber and flagged down a passing cop.
- Monday (3.7.11) 7:00 p.m.: A 42-year-old white man walking in the 1400 block of Tulane Avenue by Tulane University Hospital was accosted by a black thug armed with a semi-automatic pistol who demanded his money. The victim surrendered his money and his cellphone.
- Monday (3.7.11) 12:30 p.m.: A 42-year-old white man hopped into what he thought was a taxicab in the 500 block of Esplanade Avenue (between Decatur and Chartres street) and found himself looking down the barrel of a pistol held by a white dude sitting in the back seat. The armed thug demanded money, but the victim struggled with him and the white driver before breaking away and fleeing the vehicle.
- Monday (3.7.11) 5:20 a.m.: Two men, one 61 and the other 20, were sitting in their car in the 100 block of Elks Place, just off Canal Street, when a black thug tapped on their window with a pistol and demanded they get out of the car. The victims exited and the hijacker and 2 buddies got in the gray Ford Focus and sped away, turning on Tulane Avenue toward S. Claiborne Avenue.
- Monday (3.7.11) 1:00 a.m.: A security guard at a parking lot on Elysian Fields Avenue, right behind the Hotel De La Monnaie on Esplanade Avenue, wound up loosing his cellphone to a gang of black boys when he tried to apprehend one of them who was spraying graffiti on a wall. The other 2 punks began punching the guard while the other took his iPhone from his belt.
Crimes last week in the 8th District
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Pickpocketing, 600 Bourbon, 12:22 a.m.
Pickpocketing, 400 Bourbon, 12:47 a.m.
Simple Robbery, 511 Bourbon, 3:37 a.m.
Aggravated Battery, 200 Decatur, 4:04 a.m.
Aggravated Assault, 700 Iberville, 5:53 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 700 Kerlerec, 10:54 a.m.
Theft, 633 Canal, 2:27 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 200 Girod, 9:47 p.m.
Theft, 441 Bourbon, 1:42 a.m.
Business Burglary, 602 Frenchmen, 7:21 a.m.
Auto Burglary, Camp & Calliope, 10:05 a.m.
Auto Theft, 930 Poydras, 10:49 a.m.
Theft, 621 Esplanade, 2:54 p.m.
Auto Theft, 400 block of Girod, 9:02 p.m.
Theft, 511 Bourbon, 10:54 p.m.
Theft, 509 Iberville, 10:55 p.m.
Auto Burglary, Dauphine & Esplanade, 7:50 p.m.
Theft, Common & St Charles, 12:53 p.m.
Theft, 1001 Convention Center, 8:42 p.m.
Theft, Canal & St Charles, 10:48 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 1100 St Anthony, 2:34 a.m.
Theft, 935 Burgundy, 7:51 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 900 Tchoupitoulas, 9:17 a.m.
Theft, 1040 St Charles, 12:31 p.m.
Auto Theft, Burgundy & Iberville, 6:13 p.m.
Theft, 315 Magazine, 12:23 p.m.
Auto Theft, Constance & John Churchill Chase, 3:34 p.m.
Theft, 123 Baronne, 3:34 p.m.
Shoplifting, 414 N Peters, 5:39 p.m.
Pickpocketing, 228 Poydras, 8:39 p.m.
Theft, 400 Bourbon, 9:13 p.m.