Remember that retired teacher who got beat up on Bourbon Street shortly after Katrina? Sure you do, it was on television all over the world, a blatant example of police brutality and a huge embarrassment to the city of New Orleans.
Well, the latest news is that the accused officer was acquitted.
Some will say that Judge Frank Marullo has a pro-police bias. But I note the following from a Crouere’s Corner:
In the past, Marullo had legendary conflicts with former District Attorney Harry Connick and some believed that he was one of the more liberal judges on the criminal court bench.
And I’m sure some will say Marullo is dirty — nothing would surprise me.
But I am left to wonder about the prosecutor. This seems like such an easy case. It seems like another example of a botched prosecution.
We already know that District Attorney’s office can’t handle the job. Some of Eddie Jordan’s defenders have stuck by him out of a false hope that he’s going to clean up the police department. Unfortunately, he can’t, and this acquittal is further evidence of that. He’ll blow the Danziger case too. Mark my words.
Anyway you slice it, this is an ugly case. The other officer involved, who was also being prosecuted, killed himself last month.
And as for Stewart Smith, the third cop, who tried to stop the Associated Press from videotaping the incident? Charges against him were dismissed because the D.A. missed the deadline.