Football hero's killer can't be re-tried for murder
The man who killed a former NFL player in a New Orleans area road rage incident in 2016 cannot be tried again for murder after his conviction on a lesser charge was overturned, the state's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Authorities in the New Orleans suburb of Jefferson Parish originally charged Ronald Gasser with second-degree murder in the shooting of Joe McKnight. Gasser pleaded not guilty and claimed self-defense.news.yahoo.com
NNPA and Transformative Justice Coalition Announce National GOTV Campaign Targeting 10 Million More Black Voters
There are 55 million unregistered Americans eligible to vote, and 10 million are African Americans,” Chavis continued. Further, the coalition dedicates itself to informed civic engagement and equal voting rights for everyone. They use a voting rights map of shame to inform the public of threats to America’s democracy, how to protect their voting rights, and steps to take to ensure the ability to cast a ballot and make sure it’s counted. “With the Transformative Justice Coalition, the NNPA will help move our people forward to get out this vote. In 2022, we will make the critical difference in the midterm elections in terms of increasing Black voter participation throughout the country.”thewestsidegazette.com
Are police consent decrees an asset? Depends on who you ask
The Minneapolis Police Department will face the intense scrutiny of a federal program after a state investigation spurred by the killing of George Floyd concluded that the city's officers stop and arrest Black people more than white people, use force more often on people of color and maintain a culture in which racist language is tolerated. The court enforced plan, known as a consent decree, has been credited with bringing significant reform in some places but scorned by critics elsewhere as ineffective and a waste of taxpayer money. The 1994 crime bill gave the Department of Justice the ability to investigate police agencies for patterns or practices of unconstitutional policing, and to require agencies to meet specific goals before federal oversight can be removed.news.yahoo.com
Judge halts preparations for end of US asylum limits
The Biden administration must stop what amounts to the phasing out a pandemic-related public health rule allowing the expulsion of migrants without giving them an opportunity to seek asylum, a federal judge in Louisiana ruled Wednesday. The administration plans to end the policy outright on May 23. U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays, in Lafayette, issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday, saying the administration must stop the stepped-up processing for at least the next two weeks.news.yahoo.com
Coast Guard suspends search of 3 missing kids in New Orleans
The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for three missing children near the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans. “The decision to suspend any search and rescue case is never easy but considering the extensive search efforts of our Coast Guard men and women, in conjunction with other response agencies, I’ve made the difficult decision to suspend our active search for the three children,” Capt. Kelly Denning, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans commander, said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
After major trade, Saints to be key players in NFL draft
The New Orleans Saints have been relatively small players in free agency this offseason. “As an overall philosophy,” first-year head coach Dennis Allen said, “I’d rather augment our team through free agency and really build our team through the draft.” The Saints have made modest signings in free agency since Allen was promoted from defensive coordinator to replace long-time head coach Sean Payton in January.news.yahoo.com
HBCU students, faculty press urgent need for climate action
Both joy and frustration are in the air in New Orleans at the HBCU Climate Change Conference this week as environmental and climate advocates and researchers from around the United States express an urgent need for climate action and pollution cleanup in poor communities and communities of color.
U.S. Marshals MCU Operation ‘Fresh Start’ Recovers Sixteen Missing Endangered Children and Makes Five Arrests
Led by the Missing Child Unit, officers rescued 16 children on the missing and endangered list. Marshals Service has recovered 16 missing children, arrested five individuals, and has broken open a sex trafficking ring as law enforcement continues its quest to stop the proliferation of kidnapping and crimes against kids. “Fresh Start,” a three-month tactical operation, took place in New Orleans from January 1 through March 31, the Marshal service said in a news release. Led by the Missing Child Unit, officers rescued 16 children on the missing and endangered list. Marshals from the Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force recovered the children and arrested the mother.thewestsidegazette.com
Dirty Dozen Brass Band Serves a ‘Musical Gumbo’ of New Orleans Jazz, Funk & Soul
SOUTH FLORIDA: -The New Orleans super sensation, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, offers a ‘street to stardom’ music story and sound, that leaves you bebopping. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has celebrated more than 40 years of performing a “musical gumbo” around the globe. However, the band’s success has also inspired a resurgence of New Orleans’ brass band music both in its home city and nationwide. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure club opted to assemble one such church group of musicians, as their house band, and the rest, as they say, is History. From these early street and social club gigs, today Dirty Dozen Brass Band is highly-respected, internationally-recognized and recorded as New Orleans’ finest brass band, touring extensively around the world alongside some of the musical elite: – Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, and David Bowie.thewestsidegazette.com
Foo Fighters cancels tour events including Jazz Fest date
Rock band Foo Fighters is canceling all its upcoming tour dates including a scheduled May 1 performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, following the death of its drummer Taylor Hawkins. The Who, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, Luke Combs, Willie Nelson, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Charlie Wilson and Erykah Badu are among the headliners for this year's festival.news.yahoo.com
Attorney: Killing of suspect wasn't 'vigilante justice'
An attorney for the man accused of fatally shooting the alleged killer of his 18-year-old son and 25-year-old daughter has denied that the incident was a “matter of vigilante justice.” Bokio B. Johnson, 46, was arrested Friday in the death of 21-year-old Hollis Carter, who was fatally shot while driving to a pretrial hearing Wednesday, New Orleans police said. New Orleans police have said Carter confessed to killing Breyiana Brown, 25, and her stepbrother Caleb Johnson, 18, and wounding a third person in a gun sale gone bad last March.news.yahoo.com
Attorney: Client killed on way to hearing on murder charges
A 21-year-old man accused of killing a high school student and the teen’s stepsister was gunned down on his way to a pretrial hearing, and his mother was critically wounded, the man's attorney said. John Fuller said he believes Hollis Carter was shot in the head on Wednesday in connection with a killing that he says his late client had not committed, The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate reported. “Street justice has resulted in an assurance that there would never be any closure in this case,” Fuller said.news.yahoo.com
Woman's arm severed in deadly carjacking; 4 teens arrested
Four teenagers face murder charges in connection with a carjacking that left a 73-year-old woman dying on a New Orleans street, her arm severed after she was dragged a block by her own car while neighbors looked on helplessly, officials said Tuesday. Police chief Shaun Ferguson said tips led to the arrests of the teens — a 17-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old girls — in the hours after the Monday afternoon carjacking. “That's a conversation that my team will have with the district attorney's office," Ferguson said at a Tuesday morning news conference.news.yahoo.com
Trump touted a contest for small-dollar donors to dine with him in New Orleans. But no winner met him.
Former president Donald Trump raised a substantial sum for his political group by promising to pick a random donor to join him for dinner in New Orleans last weekend, but never followed through to actually select a winner.washingtonpost.com
Trump plane makes emergency landing after engine failure
A plane carrying former President Donald Trump was forced to make an emergency landing in New Orleans last weekend after suffering engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico. The details of the emergency landing, first reported by Politico, were confirmed Wednesday by a person familiar with the incident who was not authorized to speak publicly about it and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The engine failure occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday as the former president was traveling on a donor's private plane from a Republican National Committee donor retreat in New Orleans back to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.news.yahoo.com
Mandate to vaccinate New Orleans schoolchildren kicking in
As school systems across the U.S. struggle to keep classrooms open amid the pandemic, New Orleans is set to become the nation’s first major district to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 and up, though state regulations will allow parents to opt out easily.