I saved this excellent Matt Taibbi piece among the many I continue to save regarding NOLA, because it was real-time descriptive. And as I re-read my links for this post, I realized he'd referenced, what I think, was the shooting on the Danziger Bridge:
The very moment we'd arrived, news chimed in over the police radios that cops had shot and killed five looters at a bridge somewhere outside town. The news was met with a high cheer ("That's right, motherfuckers!" was one cry), and the whole crowd was buzzed, like a bar after midnight.Of course, back then - and until today, everybody and their Mama kept saying they were wrong. Then, lo and behold! We hear this: Former police officer pleads guilty to Danziger Bridge shooting cover-up of stunning breadth.
My Grandmama always said, "Whatever you do in the dark, WILL come to light." I can't tell you how many times that one little sentence has kept me going. Today is certainly one of them (She ALSO said, "A guilty conscience needs no accusin'" - but I'm still a little shaky on that one always coming true - despite today's developments.)
Here are a few interesting post-Katrina videos regarding the Danziger Bridge shootings:
Posted January 1, 2007:
This video posted January 3, 2007:
CNN's Sean Callebs exclaimed in the intro:
"But the WAY they turned themselves in really speaks volumes about the way the case is playing out here in New Orleans." (emphasis his)It sure does speak volumes, Sean - but not in the way you implied. The December 5th video below provides a decidedly non-white and rather clear-eyed view of what all that cheering was really about. And wonder of wonders! It, and the truths it contains, were out there at least a month before your - "report." Truth be told, those "truths" were out there much longer - but nobody listened. Guess it never occurred to you there was a REASON you couldn't get a comment from an NOPD officer huh, Sean? But I gotta give it to you, Officer Billy Mims (from that other uh-uh unit) spouting the Blue Line meme was a pretty good foil though.
"As the seven people made their way to the sheriff's office, they were greeted by cheers, applause and chants of NOPD."
Oh! And that statement from attorney, Frank DeSalvo about publicity pimp extraordinaire, the Right Rev. Al Sharpton?
"Four of the officers were Black, Rev. Sharpton either can't count or he can't see."I'll just repeat what I said in my last post on Tiger Woods - "White Americans, and those,"I've-arrived-cuz-I-think-like-them" others - REALLY need to get a grip. Just because you're Black doesn't mean you do not participate in the White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy (DeSalvo, listen to some bell hooks why don't you??). The reverend, also a card-carrying member, was dead-right on this one. I just think he let go of it because he felt he couldn't get enough media play with that little "four-Black-officers-wrinkle" - not without exposing his WSCP membership, that is.
Posted December 5, 2007
This piece by Laura Maggi of The Times-Picayune ran on August 13, 2008: Charges rejected against Danziger 7. The last paragraph is particularly interesting given todays developments:
Madison said U.S. Attorney Jim Letten has said his office doesn't want to take up the case. Letten on Wednesday said his staff continues to monitor the case, along with the Justice Department's civil rights division, but had declined to step into a matter being handled by the Orleans Parish district attorney's office. (emphasis mine)ProPublica has had an ongoing and exhaustive series of investigative reports about police misconduct in New Orleans post-Katrina. To get an understanding of why the Feds were finally forced to investigate, please peruse - "Law & Disorder" After Katrina, New Orleans Police Shot Frequently and Asked Few Questions, paying particular attention to the case in the news today - Case Six: Danziger Bridge.
And sorry Obots, no props to the Changeling or Holder on this one. However if it turns out they deserve the props, you can bet - in the interest of honesty and fair play - I will give it. But according to this August 11, 2009 piece - FBI Investigates New Orleans Police For Katrina Killings - the FBI investigation began before they even took their seats:
Last September, federal officials announced plans to investigate the officers involved in the Sept. 4, 2005, shootings on the Danziger Bridge that killed two men and injured four. A state court judge has thrown out murder and attempted murder charges against seven current and former officers, but the FBI is investigating if civil rights were violated. (emphasis mine)If my calculations are correct, that'd put the opening of the investigation somewhere around September of 2008.
Now what I will say is - there is a possibility that the "fear" of what a society-identified Black, Obama Administration might do (or find) could have hastened the FBI's decision. But so what? Until you give me some concrete, Holder-fingerprinted evidence that it was he, who actually caused this investigation to go forth - keep holding your beath.
Instead, I prefer to attribute today's developments to what REAL journalism can do. Hat's off - and my own lowly Pulitzer Prize nomination for Investigative Reporting (if I had one) goes to:
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reporters, Laura Maggi and Brendan McCarthy along with their City Editor, Gordon Russell along with ProPublica , reporter A.C. Thompson and Frontline Producer, Tom Jennings.
Sean Callebs and CNN are you paying attention?