One of the issues we face, historically, with the NOPD, is the reclassification of crimes.
This means they change the name of the act to a lesser charge in order to keep statistics down & favorable.
Both the NOPD & Chief Ronal Serpas have been accused of this, here & in Nashville, respectively.
What follows is the exact unedited text of a crime report I received today (1/31/2011) from NOLA Alerts, regarding a crime in the 5th District. Please read it carefully:
"On Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 3:50 am, Detective Michael Sinegar, assigned to the Fifth District Investigative Unit, had the occasion to investigate an Aggravated Battery by Shooting which occurred at the intersection of St. Claude Avenue and Tupelo Street. Detective Augustus relocated to the hospital to speak to the victim at which time he stated the following:
On Saturday, January 29, 2011, at about 3:50 a.m., he was driving his vehicle on St. Claude
Avenue toward St. Bernard Parish when he approached the intersection of
Tupelo Street he came to a stop at the traffic light. During that time he noticed a vehicle (Older Model Red Nissan) suddenly stopped in the left lane several feet behind his vehicle. Moments later, an unknown black male exited the front passenger door of his vehicle and approached him. The unknown black male then pointed a dark semi-automatic handgun at him (victim) and stated “What you got give me your money.” At that time the victim made an attempt to flee the scene by stepping on the accelerator. The unknown black male then fired several shots at the victim, striking him once to the right side of his face and once to the right upper arm.
The victim described the perpetrator as a black male, who was possibly in his mid- twenties,
approximately 5’10” in height, weighing about 160 pounds. He wore a black t-shirt and dark pants. He had his hair in shoulder length dreads."
Please note that the crime is listed as "Aggravated Battery by Shooting" which will no doubt be downgraded to Aggravated Battery' at a later time. Even if it is not, "Aggravated Battery by Shooting" implies that the attacker meant to 'batter' the victim. From Wikipedia:
Acts most often defined under aggravated battery are:
- use of a deadly weapon
- battery in which serious bodily injury occurs, and
- battery against a child, woman or police officer.
While this certainly includes use of a deadly weapon, & serious bodily injury did occur, where is the robbery attempt in this, clearly an attempted armed robbery? The fact that the victim was shot in the face, as he fled, would lead one to believe that the bullet was an intended head shot, or attempted murder.
Yet here it is: Aggravated Battery.
Or complete lies & bullshit, depending on whether someone shot a round through your face, or you're a cop trying to keep your crime stats down so as not to get fired, or worse, incur the wrath of City Hall, who would love everyone to believe that it's hunky dory over here in the 5th District.
These lies go on daily & unchecked.
Speak out against corruption & demand an accurate accounting of these crimes, so we may receive the proper protection the NOPD is supposed to be providing, rather than a down grading of these crimes to meet the specifications Chief Serpas claims we have met.
Email Chief Serpas directly at:
Ask him to investigate the 5th District & Commander Bernadine Kelly, as well as answer for the thug & bully behavior exhibited by this branch of the NOPD.
Do it today.
Your life may depend on it.