New Orleans Police don't have the best reputation in the world as far as police go, but I would like to say a few things on this topic about these
Love them or hate them, when it comes to crowd control in the US, NOPD is pretty darn good at the job they do. Remember, we have Mardi Gras every
year, and we don't see the police going nuts pepper spraying people. I was at a protest at the beginning of this year on inaction by the city
government in regards to crime. We were extremely angry people, but there was no pepper spray/stun guns. Why? Because we didn't act like fools trying
to tear down gates.
Its hard to find pity in the likes of Sharon Jasper
who wants to
be as vocal as humanly possible, while calling her home that she lives in now a "slum" because the water pressure is low? I didn't take her
seriously anymore after that picture went around locally with that "poor old lady's" 40-something inch plasma hi-def tv. So in a nutshell, this
woman lives in one of the nicest
areas in the city now, gets a rental voucher, and she wants to scream because she has to pay a security
deposit like everyone else?
Then you have professor Quigley from Loyola doing his typical stint whenever he can get a chance, rallying a bunch of non-local college students to go
around giving everyone that lives here grief. I couldn't walk more than a block without some kid coming up with fliers demanding to talk about this
to me, and then telling me I wasn't a true New Orleanian
if I thought the projects should come down.
Personally, the protesters were breaking the law once they started destroying property that wasn't theirs. If they had to break out pepper
spray/mace, then they must have needed it, because that is not typical of NOPD in crowds at all. It is also beginning to surface now that some of
those "protesters" were what could be called "outside agitators," ie paid protesters.
As far as race goes, sure there is a good amount of racism in New Orleans still, but that doesn't have much to do with the projects. I could probably
post 10 pages and then some about what those projects caused for the rest of the people that live in this city, and at this point I refuse to be
blinded when someone says "they only want a place to live." Right.