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Old 10-09-05, 08:59 PM
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New Orleans police beat 64-yr old man & steal over 200 cars (41 were Cadillacs)...

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October 9, 2005
By MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Two New Orleans police officers repeatedly punched a 64-year-old man accused of public intoxication, and another city officer assaulted an Associated Press Television News producer as a cameraman taped the confrontations.

There will be a criminal investigation, and the three officers were to be suspended, arrested and charged with simple battery Sunday, Capt. Marlon Defillo said. As of Sunday evening, the officers were being questioned but had not been arrested, Defillo said.

"We have great concern with what we saw this morning," Defillo said after he and about a dozen other high-ranking police department officials watched the APTN footage Sunday. "It's a troubling tape, no doubt about it. ... This department will take immediate action."

The assaults come as the department, long plagued by allegations of brutality and corruption, struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the resignation last month of Police Superintendent Eddie Compass.

The APTN tape shows an officer hitting the man at least four times in the head Saturday night as he stood outside a bar near Bourbon Street. The suspect, Robert Davis, appeared to resist, twisting and flailing as he was dragged to the ground by four officers. Another of the four officers then kneed Davis and punched him twice. Davis was face-down on the sidewalk with blood streaming down his arm and into the gutter.

Meanwhile, a fifth officer ordered APTN producer Rich Matthews and the cameraman to stop recording. When Matthews held up his credentials and explained he was working, the officer grabbed the producer, leaned him backward over a car, jabbed him in the stomach and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade.

"I've been here for six weeks trying to keep ... alive. ... Go home!" shouted the officer, who later identified himself as S.M. Smith.

Police said Davis, 64, of New Orleans, was booked on public intoxication, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and public intimidation. He was treated at a hospital and released into police custody.

A mug shot of Davis, provided by a jailer, showed him with his right eye swollen shut, an apparent abrasion on the left side of his neck and a cut on his right temple.

"The incidents taped by our cameraman are extremely troubling," said Mike Silverman, AP's managing editor. "We are heartened that the police department is taking them seriously and promising a thorough investigation."

Davis, who is black, was subdued at the intersection of Conti and Bourbon streets. Three of the officers appeared to be white, and the other is light skinned. The officer who hit Matthews is white. Defillo said race was not an issue.

Three of the five officers _ including Smith _ are New Orleans officers, and two others appeared to be federal officers. Numerous agencies have sent police to help with patrols in the aftermath of Katrina.

Under normal circumstances, it takes unusually offensive behavior to trigger an arrest on Bourbon Street. But New Orleans police have been working under stressful conditions since the hurricane.

Officers slept in their cars and worked 24-hour shifts after the storm. Three-quarters lost their homes and their families are scattered across the country.

"Our police officers are working under some very trying times," Defillo said. "So it's a difficult time, but it doesn't excuse what our jobs are supposed to be."

Many officers deserted their posts in the days after Katrina, and some were accused of joining in the looting that broke out. At least two committed suicide.

Conditions have improved _ officers now have beds on a cruise ship _ but they don't have private rooms and are still working five, 12-hour days.

Compass, the police superintendent, resigned Sept. 27. Despite more than 10 years of reform efforts dating to before he took office, police were dogged by allegations of brutality and corruption.

On Friday, state authorities said they were investigating allegations that New Orleans police broke into a dealership and made off with nearly 200 cars _ including 41 new Cadillacs _ as the storm closed in.

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So, let's see. That means about 20% of police officers who stole cars, were black, and the other 80% were white.

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EDITED for additional story on the car thefts:

October 7, 2005
By MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- State authorities are investigating allegations New Orleans police officers broke into a dealership and made off with nearly 200 cars _ including 41 new Cadillacs _ as Hurricane Katrina closed in.

"It is a very, very active investigation," Kris Wartelle, spokeswoman for the Louisiana attorney general, said Friday. "We expect developments quickly."

Wartelle would not comment on why the officers may have taken the cars or whether they were used in the line of duty.

However, the cars may have been taken before the hurricane even roared into town Aug. 29, according to the president and general manager of the dealership, Doug Stead.

Stead said the cars included 88 new Cadillacs and Chevrolets, 40 used cars, 52 customers' cars and a restored 1970 El Camino and 1966 Impala.

"We put the loss on new cars at $3.7 million," Stead said. "The used cars ran another $900,000."

When reports first surfaced last month that officers may have taken the cars, New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley said it was not considered looting because the officers patrolled in the cars.

"There were some officers who did use Cadillacs," Riley said. "Those cars were not stolen."

On Friday, police spokesman Capt. Marlon Defillo said the department's only comment was that it was cooperating with the attorney general's investigation.

Police are also investigating 12 officers for allegedly looting or failing to stop looting. And about 250 police officers _ roughly 15 percent of the force _ could face discipline for leaving their posts without permission during Katrina and its aftermath.

Stead said he got a call Aug. 28 while evacuating the city, telling him one of the dealership's garage doors was open. The rest of his trip was spent fielding calls about his cars.

"I had eight calls from people in an hour saying they heard I was giving police Cadillacs to drive," Stead said. "It seemed like everyone knew about it, so I knew we were in trouble."

Stead said he got calls from people telling him they had seen his cars in Baton Rouge, Houston and other cities with uniformed police officers driving them. He said people saw his cars parked outside a police precinct.

Keys to the new and used cars were kept in a locked box on the second floor, Stead said. The box was taken on a forklift to the third floor, where a blowtorch was used to open it, he said. For cars without keys, the ignitions were jimmied, he said.

Two new Corvettes were left in the street outside the dealership, apparently stalled out by the floodwaters and abandoned.

The cars recovered so far have various amounts of damage, Stead said.

Because of the damaged garage doors at Stead's dealership, wind funneled into the building and a wall blew down, he said. "The sad thing is if the building hadn't been vandalized, there would have been no damage at all," the dealer said.

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200 cars?!! wtf.
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Not that I want to turn this into a profile thread, but why the hek did the article mention there were 41 Caddillacs stolen. Like the other 159 were of no significance. Kinda odd.

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the police don't care about 64 year old theaves

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this guy is around 64 by now...



and so is this guy

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I count 4 husky dudes and 1 64-yr old. Those 64-yr olds must be Apollo-type Rocky boxers or something. Yeah, sure if you look really close you see a skinny leg and a dirty white sock, but don't let that fool you! The smell of those socks can kill a cop if the officer's nose catches wind of it!!!

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Boy the hurricane caused all kinds of problems. Hard to believe it would take a city that was so pure and turn them into this.
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True dat. I can just see if some major disaster hit the Pacific NW. Meth dealers put out of business, sex clubs being shutdown, people being forced to work, and all these nice SUVs with 30" spinning rims actually being put to good use.

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Cops.
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Cops.



"Send more cops."
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
...a city that was so pure


Stop! You're killing me!!!
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The number of Cadillacs is only significant if we know what percentage of cars in New Orleans were Cadillacs to start with.
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Crooked cops, no big surprise.
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George Bush doesn't care about Cadillacs.
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.........whatchatalkinboudbandoman.
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Video of the beating/confrontation here: http://www.tampabays10.com/weird/wei...?storyid=19792
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what the hell is the one guy trying to do to his leg? Twist it off?

assholes.
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Video of the beating/confrontation here: http://www.tampabays10.com/weird/wei...?storyid=19792
THANK GOD they didnt taze him!
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I like how the cop on the horse kept maneuvering in front of the camera while they were beating him. Pathetic.

Here's another clip of the aftermath, which starts by showing what the guy looked like after they got him cuffed and climbed off him. Police brutality? Naaaaaaah!

http://www.danerd.com/Show.php?vid=1167

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I take it this is the Upper-Crest section of New Orleans. And of course, the star of this WWE event, a fatass white man waddling across the street like a King Penguin, telling people to go away.

I also thought I noticed a police officer who was scolding the camera man, that he said, "If you move again, I'll kill you." I doubt that's what he said, but it sure sounded like it.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
I take it this is the Upper-Crest section of New Orleans.
Intersection of Bourbon and Conti in the French Quarter.
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Wow, that's pretty hardcore. That guy was pretty messed up afterwards. Go NoLa, always looking good.
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of course it'll be blown up as a hate crime..but the none of the following got national attention right? Just pointing out the typical double standard:

20-40 blacks pummel one white person nearly to death

White teacher terrorized by black students

black stabs white female friend, leaves her to die

blacks rape and slaughter 6 Mexicans in Georgia crime spree

4 black youths call white 12 year old a 'cracker' then beat and stab him

30 blacks attack 4 white girls


5 blacks attack 13 year old white girl honor student, she may lose eye


3 blacks one hispanic attack/beat two white girls


18 year old black thug smashes girl in back of the head "because shes white"

black muslims planned L.A. 'jihad'

pack of black thugs shout racial slurs, shoot white man in back
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This is nothing new. It's only that the corruption and sorry-ass people have not had this level of worldwide coverage before.

Anyone thinking that this is "new" is kidding themselves. I speak from experience. We owned a condo on Dauphine (one block off of Bourbon St.) for many years & visited at least once a month. Crime has always been rampant and police corruption and brutality ever-present.

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