Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Orleans Police Shooting reports on another New Orleans police shooting.

Three New Orleans police officers shot and killed a 17-year-old youth Sunday night in the St. Roch neighborhood after he allegedly pointed and leveled an assault rifle at the officers.

The coroner's office determined that Jamyrin Points was shot 12 times, all in the back of his body.

"He had wounds in the back parts of his leg, in the upper area of his back, and one in the back of the head," said Dr. Frank Minyard, the Orleans Parish coroner, Monday. "I don't know what happened. All I know is that all 12 wounds came in from the back part of his body."

You would think that cops who have had so much bad press lately would be more careful.

The shooting comes amid heavy scrutiny of the police force and its use of deadly force. The FBI has at least eight criminal investigations into alleged NOPD misconduct, most of which center on police shootings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice's special litigation section is conducting a wide-scale assessment of the police force and its practices and policies.

It's interesting that a city with one of the worst murder rates also has one of the worst police forces. Do you think they're related?

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1 comment:

  1. There is a strong link between the level of crime and the level of community respect of the police force.

    Events like this cause people to avoid the police and withold information that may be vital to an investigation.