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NOPD Makes Arrest in Harry “Mike” Ainsworth Case

February 29th, 2012 | Posted in Courts, Local Issues, NOPD by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Yesterday New Orleans detectives arrested the man they believe gunned down an Algiers father last month when he tried to stop a carjacking in progress.

Officers picked up 17-year-old Kendall Harrison at his school in the 2400-block of Esplanade Avenue at around 1pm on February 28th. He was arrested without incident.

Crimestoppers received numerous tips about the case from members of the community, several of which identified Harrison as the shooter.

Detectives also provided evidence to Louisiana State Police’s Crime Lab technicians, who were able to link Harrison to the murder through DNA testing.

“The detectives in this case have done nothing short of outstanding work. They were on the scene within 5 minutes of the shooting, and have stayed focused on this tragic case ever since”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

NOPD Reverses Controversial Practice

February 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Courts, Local Issues, NOPD by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Photo Courtesy of NOLA.com

Earlier this week, we reported on the murder of good Samaritan Harry “Mike” Ainsworth, who was shot to death while attempting to stop a carjacking.

In accordance with a year-long policy of releasing the criminal records of murder victims in the city, NOPD dug up Mr. Ainsworth’s rap sheet, which included arrests for traffic violations and possession of marijuana – completely inconsequential to the crime he was a victim of. NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas vigorously defends his “broader perspectives” policy, stating that it shows city residents that “bad things happen to bad people.” But then a 27-year-old and father of two with a few blemishes on his record was murdered, and adhering to the letter of the policy appeared massively insensitive and pointless.

Serpas repealed the policy Wednesday, saying in a written statement he was getting rid of it “after consulting privately with local clergy leaders over the last weeks.”

Surely, we think everyone should be entitled to freely access information, especially those on criminals within our city. But this one-size-fits all policy does not achieve that goal of education – rather, it emphasizes and expands the divide between people.

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