Police brutality

Lise McComiskey was arrested at 7:50 PM on the evening of September 20, 2007 at the corner of Conti Street and David, New Orleans, LA 70119, in the very same area where she had given information to police officers just two nights earlier on the make, model and color of a vehicle involved in a drive-by shooting.

On the night of September 20, while parked and waiting for “Boy” a dog she had tracked along with his companion over a 6 square mile territory for over a year (see the story of Rocca and Boy, posted in February 2007 at http://katrinacreaturesandcrittters.blogspot.com/ )she was approached by two officers who then shone a spotlight on her and her vehicle. She was told that someone in the neighborhood reported a “slow-moving” vehicle and she complied with their request for info as she had done many many times prior during the two years of animal rescue in New Orleans having been stopped several times, including two nights earlier when she gave info on the vehicle involved in the shooting.

This time however, she was considered suspicious by the arresting officer and not allowed to get out of her vehicle or remove her hands from sight to produce the documents the police demanded, license, registration, etc. Subsequently, and even though the documents were under the passenger seat the entire time, and following numerous questions about the reason she was there (at which point lost dog posters were produced) she was detained while the officers “ran” her driver’s license number to find that she was driving legally and fully insured. Regardless, and notwithstanding the information the officers received during their computer check of Lise, she was told to exit her vehicle where she was handcuffed for failure to provide proof of everything they asked for, was told she should have had it all in her glove box, and was arrested and transported to Orleans Parish Prison where she was booked on these “criminal” charges.

Over the course of the next several hours, she was detained in a holding cell with prostitutes, crack addicts and an individual who was being held for stabbing her boyfriend, for nearly 5 hours before finally being released, without the necessity to post bail or bond, and without being fingerprinted, without ever having once heard her rights read to her by any officer of the law.However, during her incarceration period, she was knocked to the ground during an altercation between a prison officer and another inmate and she was prevented from attempting to get back on her feet by the officer’s boot firmly planted on her head after and then she was forced to view the officer kick and stomp the other inmate while he screamed profanities at the inmate, all while laying face down on the prison booking area floor, handcuffed from behind her back. Additionally, after being thrown into the holding cell, she was threatened for hours by an inmate in the same holding cell who appeared to be mentally ill and because the guards slammed the iron door shut on the cell so they wouldn’t have to listen to the screaming, any attempts to make good on the threat would have gone unheard. Ironically, two days prior to Lise’s arrest, in Gambit weekly magazine, an article entitled “Traffic Fatality” was published regarding a 58 year old man who was picked up in New Orleans by police for an outstanding and unpaid ticket in Jefferson parish and as a result was beaten to death in his holding cell…..Sheriff Marlin Gusman is quoted within the article as saying that “violent and non-violent offenders are kept separate” a fact now known by Lise to be untrue.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT for Lise and/or the organization which she was working with, Animal Rescue New Orleans, her case is IN-J-07-0178041, Division “D” and it is on the docket for November 6, 2007 before the Honorable Judge Ronald J. Sholes, Traffic Court of New Orleans, 225 Morgan Street, New Orleans, LA 70114 Judge Sholes Fax number is (504) 826-5809. PLEASE, ABOVE ALL ELSE, be respectful to Judge Sholes as Judge Sholes serves the law and is not required to hear Lise’s case in a public forum.
Judge Sholes no doubt has not even looked at his docket sheet for November 6, and there is no doubt that he has no clue who Lise McComiskey is so please be respectful of him in any letters of support. Lise’s official charges that evening were failure to provide proof of insurance, registration and license.

Thank you so much for your help, your support and your friendship.

The above was posted today by Karen Gadbois on the Carollton Avenue Yahoo group board.  A poorly trained, arrogant and insensitive police force is yet another insult to all citizens of this city and region that Naginism has fostered.  What planet is this???


Slice of the criminal life

Email Blast

NOPD 2nd District

On October 20th at or about 2:45 am, the victim and his girlfriend were driving home after purchasing a hot dog at a Discount Zone. According to the victim, as he turned onto Joilet from Leake Avenue, he observed a subject he believed to be his friend, flagging him down. He pulled along side the subject and noticed it was not his friend. The subject asked the victim if he had $2. The victim replied “no”. The victim alleges that without any further provocation the subject pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the arm.

Note: The victim’s girlfriend gave a very different story. According to her, the victim attempted to purchase crack cocaine from the suspect. He then became involved in an altercation with the suspect. As a result of that altercation, the suspect shot at the victim, hitting him once in the arm. Her boyfriend told her to lie about the incident, because he did not want to get in trouble for attempting to purchase drugs.

If you have any information on this case, please contact Sgt. Chris Cambiotti or Det. Brian Baye at 658-6022 or 658-6020. You may also call Crimestoppersanonymously at 822-1111.

Remember to report any suspicious persons or activities you see in your neighborhood by calling 821-2222. In an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Captain Kirk Bouyelas

Second District Commander

New Orleans Police Department

Board meeting minutes 10/08/07

Attending–Board:  Annette Bak, Marilyn Barbera,  Gordon Cagnolatti, Betty DiMarco, Rudolph Garrison, Marshall Hevron,  Cindy Morse, Amanda Smithson, John Schackai, Llewelyn Soniat, Jerry Speir, Jim Stratton, Evan Wolf


Residents:  Pax Bobrow, Colby Johnson


Guests:   Wanda Brooks (principal of Johnson Elementary), Una Anderson (school board member, legislative candidate), Walker Hines (legislative candidate). 



Una Anderson and Walker Hines, candidates for the state legislature, made brief presentations concerning their candidacy and platforms.  Board member Evan Wolf, a candidate for the same seat, declined to address the board, saying that he had previously spoken to other board members individually.


Treasurer Cindy Morse reported an account balance of $1679.77.


Wanda Brooks, Principal of Johnson Elementary School, introduced herself and noted that CRRA Board members Cindy Morse and Kevin Brown have been invited to be on the school’s Leadership Team.  She reported that she is working on a grant proposal for a program to create more parental involvement at the school and is especially interested in identifying programs to involve the older boys at the school at times when school is not in session.  She appealed for the neighborhood’s assistance with getting the “moat” filled around the new playground equipment, and getting shelves built for storage. She is especially interested in having neighbors visit the school.  The school could also use a washer and dryer.


Pax Bobrow reported that the boxes for collecting General Mills coupons (worth 10 cents each) for school assistance are in place or will shortly be in place at the school as well as at Saltwater Grill, the Oak Street Café, and Castellon Pharmacy.  More information on this program to follow.


Pax also reported that Johnson School will get 20 tickets for its students to attend the upcoming appearance by J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, and that the school is seeking guest readers for the Harry Potter stories as part of preparing for the author’s visit.  Interested members should contact Pax directly at paxbobrow@yahoo.com  The school is also in need of extra copies of the first of the Potter books, which they are using in third grade reading.


Annette Bak reported that Priestley School has applied for FEMA funding to renovate the Leonidas building but that not much is expected.  Una Anderson elaborated that the decision about the FEMA funds should be made soon and that, barring those funds, the school board might lease the property to the school.  Carrollton United was reported to be working on the possibility of raising funds to renovate the gymnasium at the school.


Evan Wolf led a discussion about the possibility of CRRA taking over the neighborhood patrol initiated by Chad Gilman.  Concerns were expressed about such issues as the limited hours and area that the patrol had been able to cover, the difficulty of collecting dues, the long hours that policemen are already working, and the consensus of the group was to table the idea unless and until and individual could be identified who would take on its administration.


Marshall Hevron reported for the Zoning Committee that the matter of the coffee shop at Carrollton and Cohn has been deferred until the City Council meeting of October 18.  He also reported on a proposal to create parking along part of Leake Avenue, between the street and the railroad tracks.  It was unanimously decided that CRRA’s position should be that “there should be no short or long term leasing of public property for parking without the knowledge and approval of the neighborhood associations most affected by it and until a comprehensive study for the Levee Park and Leake Ave area is completed.”  John Schackai recommended that the position should also state that parking there, given the new “park” zoning for that area appears to be outside the allowable uses of the Zoning Ordinance.  That amendment was approved unanimously.


Marilyn Barbera raised the issue of whether CRRA should join with the Palmer Park Association in its Halloween activities.  After some discussion, the consensus of the group was not to do so.


Amanda Smithson reported that the Events Committee has organized three small-scale trash pick-ups on Sunday mornings and working on planning a larger clean-up for a bit later in the fall.  She also reported that the Young Leadership Council, of which she is a member, is offering free assistance with college applications, etc. to high school seniors in the Recovery School District and is especially interested in assisting students who are the first in their families going to college.  Anyone who can direct qualified students to the project should contact Amanda directly at amandafsmithson@gmail.com


NEXT MEETING:  Monday, November 5, 7:30 p.m., at Asian Cajun.