Folks, turns out that while the nation watched in horror as reports of rampant lawlessness in New Orleans after Katrina filled the media it was the NOPD that was at the heart of the problems. We’ve covered the coverage on this topic and in certain instances supplemented it. Slabbed’s own Ashton O’Dwyer unfortunately lived it in what for him would become a life changing event. Like Robert Davis, Ashton will probably never receive justice.
With that background in place it was natural that I would mention the impending indictments coming in on what is being called the Religious Street beatings. In the days after Katrina on Religious Street the NOPD would kick the teeth down one guy’s throat while beating another to the point where he lost control of his bowels. Unfortunately such stories are far too common in the aftermath of Katrina.
The Times Picayune editorial board weighed in today on the Religious Street beatings. Their reporting on the post Katrina NOPD has been excellent as is today’s Op Ed. Here is an excerpt:
“I was thinking we was gonna die,” Mr. Williams recalled. “I was begging them to shoot me and get it over with.” Mr. Bell estimated seven to 11 officers were involved in the beating.
Changing the ingrained culture of thuggery at the NOPD will take time. Calling the perpetrators to face justice is a good first start. However, justice for all means that others with cases that are just as strong should not be forgotten.