Monday, November 08, 2010

The Katrina Defense

Figuring out who is culpable for what happened to Henry Glover will be a case that rips the New Orleans community apart for the next several weeks.

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4 comments:

DADvocate said...

Keep us updated. Shooting an unarmed man, who apparently was on the ground level, from the second floor balcony doesn't sound like justifiable self defense.

There's no doubt there were wholesale violations of constitutional rights during the Katrina emergency, not that the NOPD were any worse than many other PDs would have been under similar circumstances. Police every where need better instruction on respecting citizens' rights.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Craziest thing about this situation is that the shooting is the least horrifying aspect of the case.

Which should tell you how bad this can get.

DADvocate said...

the least horrifying aspect of the case.

Really. You go to get help and you get beat, you buddy burned...

Beyond belief. If this really happened as described in the article, I hope they rot in prison for the rest of their lives.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

The scariest thing is the amount of digging and public pressure required for this episode to be investigated in the first place. Who knows if this would have ever made it to an investigation phase if people hadn't made noise.

Of course, once the case had been announced, the local paper wrote up a profile on one of the idicted NOPD officers.

They are right to point out the "paradox of modern policing," that being: the cops who take on the meanest streets and toughest jobs usually chalk up the most complaints. However, local news needs to be looking into this, and the civil proceedures that investigate such complaints, long before some episode like the Henry Glover case happens.