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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

Copper Theft Ordinance Update

According to Captain Ricky Laviolette of the 7th District, the Scrap Metal Ordinance will be revisited on Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 10:00 am, at the City Council Chambers. This is the ordinance that we referenced about two weeks ago.

It was presented by Councilperson Willard-Lewis and would restrict who could sell scrap copper to licensed electricians, plumbers and gasfitters. If passed, we believe that the ordinance would be a tremendous
aid in abating copper theft and burglaries in the district
.

Any who are interested in the ordinance may wish to attend.
Thanks,

Captain Kirk Bouyelas
Second District Commander
New Orleans Police Department
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I believe the scrap dealers showed up in force the last time this was
introduced. –Jerry Speir

Arrest made in recent armed robbery

NOPD 2nd District

On September 21st at or about 8:30 pm, the female victim was walking in
the 1200 block of Cambronne Street towards her vehicle. She was
approached by a young black male, armed with an unknown type handgun.
The suspect robbed the victim of $300, which she had in her purse. He
then fled on foot down Cambronne toward Claiborne Avenue.

Officer who responded to the call located a 15 year old juvenile on Gen.
Ogden Street. He was detained and later identified as the perpetrator by
the victim. He was subsequently arrested and charged with armed robbery.
His involvement in other criminal activity in that area is being
investigated by detectives.

If you have any information relative to this case, please contact Sgt.
Chris Cambiotti or Det. Jerry Baldwin at 658-6022 or 658-6020. You may
also call Crimestoppers anonymously 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.

Be on guard – attempted car-jacking on Cambronne

The 2nd District reports the following:

On September 11th at or about 10:45 pm, the victim pulled into the
driveway of her residence, located in the 1100 block of Cambronne
Street. As she was getting out of the vehicle, she was approached by a
black male who demanded her car keys. She refused the suspects demands.
The suspect then struck the victim in the head and again demanded her
keys. She again refused. After being hit again, the victim began to
fight back. A neighbor heard the commotion and went to her aid.
Observing the neighbor coming towards him, the suspect fled the scene on
foot. Nothing was stolen and the victim did not sustain any serious
injuries.

The suspect is described as a 20-25 year old black male, 5’10”, 160
pounds, light complexion, short cropped hair, wearing plaid shorts and a
white t-shirt.

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
Crimestoppers anonymously at 822-1111.

This situation is sad in so many ways. Perps like this never learned how to live among civilized beings. Their human potential is wasted. Some of the rest of us become vicitms, paranoids or vigilantes, or we stick our heads in the sand, resulting in more lost potential and a narrow view of life.

But it also shows the power of neighbors helping neighbors.

All of us must keep in mind that there are predators living among us, and we must stay alert the the threats.

Is this another big negative in the “Why Are We Living Here?” scorecard? Yes and no. No one wants to live with crime. But a state of Constant Alertness can have benefits. While listening and watching for threats you might also notice other things you have taken for granted: mockingbords singing at night, the moon, a whiff of a night-blooming flower. You might start to live life more fully.

Also-get to know your neighbor. You might need to help one another some day.

July crime stats

This information is from the 2nd District NOPD. Click on the links to download.
NONPACC 7-07

Here’s the map

We are Zone K and Subzone 1 of Zone H

Murder on Panola

NOPD 2nd District

On July 26, at or about 12:45 am,

The victim, an engineer temporarily living at 8417 Panola Street, was
found laying face down in front of his residence.  He suffered one
gunshot wound to the chin.  The victim was still in possession of his
watch and wallet but his vehicle a 2002 Jeep Liberty ( La. License plate
No. PFV402) was missing.

If you have any information on this case, please contact Sgt. Chris
Cambiotti or Det. C. Kalka at 658-6022 or 658-6020.  You may also call
Crimestoppers anonymously 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.

Recent crime notices

Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 16:24:34 -0500
Email Blast
NOPD 2nd District

One of the complaints received from the recent NONPACC meeting dealt
with the Auto Repair Shop located at Hickory and Fern Street. Based on
the information received, officers responded to the location to further
investigate. The business is owned by one William Brown (BM, 78 years
old). While the occupational license was current, several violations
were noted on the premises and surrounding area. In response, officers
tagged nine (9) abandoned vehicles and arranged for them to be towed by
the City. Additionally, officers cited Mr. Brown for other violations
and subsequently arrested him on several open warrants for failure to
appear in court. Officer Wilfred Eddington and Officer Edgar Staehle
will follow-up in the coming weeks to ensure that the location is
brought into compliance with all City ordinances relative to trash and
abandoned vehicles.

Please stay involved and report problems that occur via the Hot Sheets.
It is only with your participation, that we are able to be successful
with addressing these issues.

Captain Kirk Bouyelas

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Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 15:58:54 -0500
Email Blast
NOPD 2nd District

Based on information received, Second District officers began an
investigation relative to narcotics being sold from 1801 Fern Street. On
June 21st that investigation culminated with a search warrant being
served at the Fern Street location. Officers recovered over 2oz of crack
cocaine, a handgun, a small amount of cash and numerous articles of
stolen property. Arrested from the location was one Warren Williams (BM,
9/26/64). Also arrested in conjunction with this investigation was one
Ronald Young (BM, 12/12/64) of St. Rose, Louisiana.

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
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On June 18, 2007, between the hours of 6am and 7am, a black male on a small bicycle approached a woman in front of her house and snatched her purse in the 7800 block of Willow St., between Fern and Burdette. The people recently moved here from Austin and the woman was waiting for the moving van to arrive when the incident occurred. Please pass this information on.

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Two incidences:

Where: Residence on the corner of Maple and Dublin.

Vandalism: Someone removed a circuit breaker from Central A/C unit located in side yard (and it wasn’t a possum)
When : Night of Thursday May 24th

Attempted Burgulary: Broken window panes on front porch
When: Night of Monday May 28th or Tues. May 29th
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2nd District email blast 6/13/07

On June 12th at or about 10:20 pm, a white male picked up a black female
(known to him as Evelyn), at the corner of Hickory and Leonidas Street.
The male knew Evelyn vaguely, having met her once before. It is not
clear if he intended to pick her up or just happened to see her and
stop. After getting into the car, Evelyn directed the male to drive to
the corner of Adams and Hickory Street. While stopped at that location,
a black male walked up to the vehicle. The black male claimed that the
victim owed him money. He then began shooting into the car, striking the
white male once in the arm. At some point during the shooting, Evelyn
exited the car. She fled on foot and was unable to be located.

The white male victim in this case does not reside in New Orleans. He
sustained a single gunshot wound to his arm. His injuries are not life
threatening.

When officers located the crime scene, they found bullet casings along
with a “crack” pipe. Given the victim’s background, statements,
inconsistencies and evidence located on the scene – he may have been
attempting to purchase illegal narcotics. The investigation is ongoing.

The suspect in this case can only be described as a black male in his
early 20’s. The victim was unable to provide any physical or clothing
description whatsoever.

If you have any information on this case, please contact Sgt. Chris
Cambiotti or Det. Jimmie Turner at 658-6022 or 658-6020. You may also
call Crimestoppers anonymously 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

2nd District email blast 6/10/07

On June 9th at or about 1:30 am, two while males were walking home. As
they approached the intersection of Hillary Street and Plum Street, they
were approached by three black males wearing masks. One of the suspects
was armed with a blue steel revolver. The group demanded the victims
hand over their money, which they did. The suspects then fled on foot,
northbound on Hillary Street. The suspects are described as 20-23 year
old black males. All three subjects wore black bandanas over their face.
It is believed that this robbery is related to a June 7th robbery from
Adams and Hampson. It may also be related to a June 4th robbery from
1400 S.Carrollton. Investigators are continuing to search for
additional evidence in these crimes.

If you have any information on this case, please contact Sgt. Chris
Cambiotti or Det. Chris Kalka at 658-6020 or 658-6022. You may also
call Crimestoppers anonymously 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.