…watching this Treme trailer.
Archive for March, 2010
…watching this Treme trailer.
Though I am very much in favor of keeping Mike Bell, I realize he has a better offer in Philadelphia and will be going to a team that always has the potential to reach the Super Bowl (though they rarely actually make it). The Saints aren’t going to match their offer.
Today the Saints are visiting with Raiders RB Justin Fargas who I had on my fantasy team a few years back and discovered then that he is the son of character actor and Starsky & Hutch star Antonio Fargas, more commonly known by his character’s name, Huggy Bear.
On one hand I am really glad Razzoo exists. As it concentrates all types of folks I’d rather not be drinking with in one spot in the Quarter. So rather than encountering these people randomly, I can decrease my chances of coming across them by staying a few blocks away from it. Of course, The Dungeon is also off limits for the same reason. Even though Bourbon Street as a rule is essentially off limits, sometimes I have friends from out-of-town who want to check it out. In fact, I can go on record as saying, any place that has a bouncer is off limits to me these days. If there is a need for a giant man with a bad attitude in any drinking establishment, it must mean I don’t want to drink there.
But Razzoo in particular has a ton of bad press in recent years. The place is so awful it drove this fella into the river.
But they also roughed up Deuce McCallister for Crissake. I mean really? Deuce?
Blah… Blah..Blah… New Orleans’ inspector general has just released Blah… Blah..Blah… scathing letter Blah… Blah..Blah… Riley has recently tried to assuage public outrage Blah… Blah..Blah… cooperate with the Police Monitor and obey the law. Blah… Blah..Blah…
Will he be fired over this? Will he be indicted for this? Will he resign over this? No, no and no.
Picture this: A law-enforcement officer is operating in post-disaster area, cut off from any sort of central command. The mayor and police chief are on national television erroneously reporting on babies being raped. A large percentage of your colleagues have abandoned their duties. There are real threats to safety and order everywhere. The officer is scared, but armed and empowered. In a brief instant he makes a deadly mistake that costs someone their life.
The right thing to have done thereafter would be to simply admit, in the chaos after the storm, a mistake was made and a person was killed as a result. There would be recourse and due process and punishment. But the sympathy of the public and the authorities would be more in the favor of the peace officer than it would be if, as it actually turned out, he attempted to immediately cover the whole thing up with the aid of his superiors. Perhaps there would have been jail time, perhaps not. But the social wounds of the occurrence would have been easier to heal for the community and the families of the innocent victims would have better footing in which to plant their grief.
Unfortunately, with the tools and the willingness to cover the whole thing up, members of the New Orleans police department took the easier avenue, portrayed themselves as victims and the dead men as perpetrators. It will be hard to prove what actually happened in Algiers and on the Danziger Bridge. But a cover up is much easier to put together. The punishment will hopefully be much worse. The public can forgive a mistake, particularly given the situation. Everyone was frightened. But the action of hiding it all and twisting the facts is a malicious betrayal of the public’s trust and a grievous crime to the families of Henry Glover, James Brissette and Ronald Madison.
It also casts a dim light on the actions of the officers in the first place. If these men are willing to plant guns and destroy evidence would they also be willing to shoot unarmed citizens?