I was in the French Quarter on Mardi Gras day watching a couple of cops having to deal with a very obnoxious girl. She was very drunk and very belligerent and was basically giving these officers who were arresting her a very, very hard time. I remember joking to one of the policemen standing off to the side that, in this case, a tazing should be legal. I thought to myself as I walked away, ‘What a tough job police have.’
Late last week a surveillance tape surfaced showing an alleged case of police brutality in the French Quarter, ironically not far from the NOPD’s 8th District station. The video shows a group of plain clothed Louisiana State Troopers aggressively throwing two New Orleans area teens to the ground. Let me be a little more specific: two New Orleans area black teens. All of the state troopers were white. The teens appear to be good kids. No criminal record, and one of the teens is actually the son of an NOPD officer who, at the time of the incident, was right next door.
Being a police officer is an extremely hard job. It doesn’t pay enough and in inner city New Orleans it can be downright dangerous. But being a policeman or state trooper requires people that are special. People that can deal with the drunk girl in a professional way and not attack a couple of harmless teens because they’re black and it’s past curfew.
Its called a civil rights violation and law enforcement has gotta be better than that.