Take Action Now

Jan 19, 2009 by

I issued a call a couple of weeks ago, through this very site, to address the ongoing failure of the NOPD, particularly the 5th Distirct, to effectively do their job.

I had little response. Among my comments, at the time, were these words I wish I could take back: “And sooner or later, one of these new young thugs is gonna fucking kill somebody.” How deeply I wish I had been wrong.

I stood in a ‘Town Hall’ meeting on Frenchman, just after returning from the Katrina Floods, and listened to the police say that we should email them with any problems we saw. I dared Troy Carter and the NOPD rep to walk to my neighborhhod with me, right then, and see the dark streets, sans cops. They declined, and I told them someone would get killed here by year’s end, if something wasn’t done. A few days into the New Year, Helen Hill was brutually murdered in her home across the street, and her husband shot, protecting their toddler son from bullets intended to kill a child.

I wish I were wrong about all of this, but it seems as obvious as can be to those of us who live, work and walk around our neighborhood. Not so much to the cops in cars who I’ve walked right up on, completely unnoticed as they bury their faces in a laptop, sitting blindly in a cruiser on the side of the street. Good thing for them I’m not Son of Sam.

Today, I re-issue that challenge, before complacency sets in, before more press conferences and TV appearences dull our senses. A local woman was gunned down on the street where all of us walk, dying with words of disbelief on her lips.

Believe it.
This WILL happen again.
To you or you or you.
Or me.

PLEASE, make contact with me at: [email protected]

I want your stories about dealing with the NOPD, particularly in the 5th District, where the problem seems to be the worst. You don’t have to meet anyone or give your account directly to the police. I’ll do that. And when there is enough information, to the press, Nationally if necessary, and to the FBI if signs of malfeasance run deep enough.

I would rather be arrested and jailed, beaten and humiliated, than stand by while another friend or coworker, mother or daughter, son or husband, dies bleeding in the street, shocked and horrified that nobody did anything to stop it.

History has proved, again and again, that in large numbers, by peaceful means, people can change the course of society. Today we celebrate not only Dr King, but the millions upon millions who carried that banner into the future, into history.

Be one of those people.
Contact me.
Come to my house.
Speak up, for god’s sake.
For Wendy’s sake.

This is not about me, or you, or them.
It’s about all of us.
It’s about living safely in a Free World.
It’s about refusing to be controlled by Apathetic Power Lords, who leave us to die in the wake of their lust for more power.

“For me, every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Lord David
New Orleans

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