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Title: no arrest power for hano cops
START DATE: 5/12/2011
Duration: 1 Hours
Location: Seventh Ward
Location Details:
The protest/press conference will be held in front of Senator Edwin Murray\'s office at 1540 North Broad Street. His office is near the corner of North Broad and Laharpe in the Seventh Ward.
Event Topic: police repression
Event Type: Protest
Contact Name: mike howells
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 504-587-0080
Stop Senate Bill 78

Human rights in New Orleans will take a turn for the worse if the Louisiana Senate passes SB78. This bill, if passed, gives the power of arrest to the Housing Authority of New Orleans police.
State Senator Edwin Murray of New Orleans is the sponsor of SB 78. Murray’s bill would also authorize a doubling of the total number of HANO PD officers. This at a time when layoffs are the order of the day regarding public services that benefit working class people!
The leadership of the Housing Authority of New Orleans has a long and sordid track record of using the agency’s security detail as a tool to silence its critics. Too date HANO cops use various forms of intimidation to prevent the distribution of literature critical of the agency’s housing in the public walkways of the Iberville development. In 2009 an agency cop, without provocation, struck a supporter of Stacy Head at a HANO monthly board meeting in a clumsy attempt to intimidate peaceful public housing supporters. Shortly before this incident a HANO security guard attempted to railroad public housing activist Kawana Jasper by falsely accusing her of striking another person. The best word to describe the housing agency’s handling of the opposition to the demolition of the Big Four developments is ruthless. HANO’s top cop, Officer Mitchell Dussett, has a decades old record of combating political dissent in this city going back to his days as a young NOPD officer when he participated in the official repression directed at members and supporters of the New Orleans Black Panther Party in the early 1970s.
Giving the HANO PD arrest power ostensibly to help it enforce state and municipal law is an invitation to more police brutality in New Orleans. Don’t let it happen. Join us in publicly voicing opposition to SB 78 on Thursday September 12th.

Press Conference & Picket to Stop SB 78.

1pm Thursday.
May 12, 2011.
Senator Edwin Murray’s N.O. Office.
1540 North Broad Street.
Near the corner of N. Broad & Laharpe streets.

For additional information call Mike at 504-587-0080.
Sponsor: C3/Hands Off Iberville.

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