20 minutes to respond to a life & death 911 call. Disbelieving the victim. Accusing the victim. Trampling evidence. Stupid assumptions. That is the wonderful world of New Orleans policing. Choked by intruder, frustrated by police, woman speaks out after Green Street attack | NOLA.com.
New Orleans PD has had problems dating back to before Katrina. The aftermath of the Hurricane put a spotlight on the dismal conditions in New Orleans. Things may have gotten better, but there is a long way to go. (I guess federal oversight accomplished something.
Here is the meat of the complaint.
From what the assaulted woman and her friends said they observed at the scene, police did not search the interior of the home or its basement until prodded, did not canvass the neighborhood for witnesses or video surveillance cameras, contaminated the crime scene by handling doorknobs, light switches and the stereo, never checked for latent fingerprints, never scraped the woman’s fingernails for DNA evidence, and brought a crime-scene photographer so ailurophobic she refused to enter the house until the homeowner had herded her cats into a single room.
And the continued skepticism about the event given the lack of immediate bruising.
“NOPD has been working very hard and come a long way, but this issue needs to get fixed quickly,” [Law professor and former federal prosecutor Tania] Tetlow said. “There seems to be a widespread belief in the department that all violence causes visible injury and that bruises appear immediately, neither of which is true.”
But the cops in the NOLA proceed as if it is.
Now to be fair to the cops, things don’t work the way they do on the crime shows. But there are some things that should be done, even if just for the PR value given the level of Law & Order/CSI/NCIS/EIEIO level of entertainment – like checking for fingerprints.