In-Custody Deaths become intolerable in Louisiana

28 November 2015 


Northeast Louisiana, In-Custody Deaths:A Severe Problem exists!

The efficacy of the apparatus of Law Enforcement, “Justice” and Incarceration is entangled in the tentacles of street violence.  All too often, the government’s police, and quasi-police in the instance of Trayvon Martin; have increasingly responded to the vunerable people it is suppose to protect, with violent retribution in one manner or another. Natasha Mckenna died “in-custody” in Fairfax, Virginia.  Mckenna, a mentally ill woman was killed by incarceration officials, even as she muttered, you promised you wouldn’t hurt me.

Switch to,  Monroe, Louisiana; Ouachita Parish, “Richwood Detention Facility”. Erie Moore died in a hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana.  As to my understanding, Mr. Moore was involved ,in an altercation in the facility for which he and the other individual, were placed in a “cell” together, evidently to continue or “end” the fight!  The other individual died.  In the aftermath, “some say”; after further mistreatment; and neglect Mr. Moore became comatose.  Hospitalized in Shreveport, Mr. Moore passed away November 14, 2015. 

What is the Cause of All this “In-Custody Death” ??

The same thing, that led up to Emmit Till is what is causing the in-custody death.  Fear and Hatred.  Police Officers who exhibit extreme fear of possible bodily harm, from the “probable-cause for arrest”-persons, should be removed from high crime areas.  A “specialized” officer with weighted nets and a firing mechanism can subdue any knife weilding possible assailant.

All of the killer-cop tactics are a feverish back-lashed attempt at ethnic cleansing “under the guise of enforcing the law”; a matter firmly in the hands of the criminal section of Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.  There is a blatant disrespect for life itself, humanity itself is under attack. What was alledged to have happened in Mike Brown’s slaying, actually happened in Laquan Macdonald.  Excuse me, he smoked him. “In the initial confusion of Mike Brown, the fiery indignation was fueled by “apartment dwellers” who said the cop stood over Mike Brown, and took his life, from him.  Although Mike Brown’s killer – did stand directly over him at one point, he did not shoot him on the ground.

Laquan Macdonald was shot over a dozen times, on the  ground. That is evil.  It is absolute evil for the government to exclude exposing itself by not releasing the video until 400 days after the fact.  We must remember, this was in the heat of Mike Brown.  This cop, may have very well been emboldened to kill Laquan in such a way, in an angrily furious, I’m sick of these “Niggers”! By years turn in 2015, April brought the death of Freddie Gray. Before Gray’s death, it was the death of Eric Garner.  Eric Garner July 17, 2014.  August 9, 2014, Mike Brown. Yet Mike Brown protest galvanized the distress of Black folk in America.  Baltimore was the final nail in the coffin of killer-cops America.  But the killing kept going.

It is this same evil hubris, that would allow a person charged by oath with a duty to protect, would instead take a life.  In another part of the State of Louisiana, the strange “in-custody” death  of Victor White still looms large in the recent most-unexplained, under investigated and non-published investigative outcome by the government’s own entities, charged with the duties to protect and serve.

I count the 2008 tasering  death of Baron “Scooter” Pikes  as the beginning of unconscionable deaths of our people.

If a person, is somehow in police custody; that custody should be a place of secured safety, not a place of  “the likelihood of death”.  What circumstances led to the death Mr. Erie Moore, Sr.; This is the question?

When Erie Moore was placed in a “cell” with a person who he had already fought with, it was the penal institutions desire to see some one, a black man dead, or at the least, beat half to death.

Both men are dead. Someone must be held accountable. Civil Rights Division – Complaint Form 

Furthermore, Louisiana State Wide Civil Rights Conference & Forum will be pursuing these matters persistently.

Ongoing investigation into woman’s death


By Zack Southwell • • December 10, 2010


Ouachita Parish deputies continue to investigate the discovery of a woman’s body in a house on Love Drive.


Maj. Jason Pleasant said the woman, whose identity has not been released, was found dead in the home this Monday. He said Tuesday there was nothing to indicate foul play was involved in the death of the woman.

The body of the woman, 23, was sent to Little Rock, Ark., for an autopsy.

“We will need those (autopsy) results before we can continue,” Pleasant said. “The results give us critical information that will help with our investigation.”

Pleasant said investigators need legitimate physical evidence to confirm the testimony of witnesses.

Sheriff’s office investigating death of young woman

By Zack Southwell • • December 7, 2010

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a young woman whose body was found in a Ouachita Parish home on Monday.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Maj. Jason Pleasant said investigators were called to a residence on Love Drive about a body inside a home.

“We went out and took some statements,” Pleasant said. “We plan on going back out in the morning and get some more information.”

Pleasant said the woman, whose identity was not given, appeared to be around 23 years old. He said her body was sent to Little Rock, Ark., for an autopsy.

“We look forward to getting back the preliminary results of t

No other information was available late Monday.



 And so, the trend continues in this mostly t rural area.  It is as if it has to happen to someone of more significance for a true effort, to be taken.  This is the thrust of this movement. Will it have to approach

 unto the elite's doors,  before anyone acts.



It is of a truth the Samone Effect is occuring, coupled with

The Post-trial Conviction of a Black Man.

City agrees to pay former inmate

Man jailed for rape he didn't commit
Saturday, February 28, 2009
By Charlie Chapple
St. Tammany bureau

A Covington man who spent 19 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit is poised to receive $1.4 million in the settlement of a federal lawsuit he filed against the city.

During an emergency meeting Friday morning, the Covington City Council approved a $300,000 promissory note to Dennis Patrick Brown, whose 1985 conviction for aggravated rape was overturned in 2004 after DNA evidence conclusively excluded him as a suspect in the crime.

The council approved the note by a 5-0 vote after meeting in executive session with City Attorney Deborah Foshee and Mayor Candace Watkins.


The $300,000, which will be paid to Brown in 10 annual installments of $30,000, plus $1.1 million from the city's insurers, will be used to settle the suit Brown filed in October 2005, City Council members said.

City officials declined to comment further, saying the matter is still in litigation. Watkins said the city will make a statement once the settlement becomes official. The agreement should be signed next week, Foshee said.

Brown sued the city and former city police officers, alleging civil rights violations, after his release from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and the dismissal of the charges against him by the district attorney's office.

One of Brown's attorneys, William E. Rittenberg of New Orleans, declined to discuss details of the pending settlement "until it's a done deal." But "anything he gets will not be too much for spending 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit," Rittenberg said.

Brown, who's now 41 and living in western St. Tammany Parish, was incarcerated from age 17 until his release at age 36. "That was the prime of his life," Rittenberg said.

Covington police arrested Brown in September 1984 after a woman reported being raped at knifepoint in her home on Polk Street. Based on her description, police sketched an image of a suspect with a bandanna covering all but his eyes.

She later picked Brown out of a lineup. During the September 1985 trial, the victim testified that she had no doubt Brown raped her.

Man jailed for rape he didn't commit

Brown denied the attack, testifying that police had threatened him with a knife to gain a confession. He told the jury that police investigators were lying and that the first time he set eyes on the victim was in court. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

His case caught the attention of the Innocence Project of New Orleans, a group of lawyers who have used a Louisiana statute passed in 2001 to test evidence from old crimes. They secured a court order to test blood, semen and clothing found at the scene of the rape. Two tests of the evidence excluded Brown as the rapist.

In his suit, Brown contends investigators coerced a confession through physical force and intimidation and fabricated a detailed report of his confession while conveniently losing an audio tape that would have shown he had been threatened.


Brown also named a former technician with the State Police Crime Lab as a defendant in the suit, contending that he failed to run additional blood tests on the evidence that could have excluded Brown as the rapist. The city's settlement does not involve Brown's claims against the state, Foshee said.

Foshee, in court documents filed in Covington's defense, contended city police did nothing wrong and most of the points raised by Brown in the suit were brought up and dismissed during motions for his criminal trial.

In dismissing motions to suppress the confession, the identification by the victim and other evidence, state courts ruled that Brown's constitutional rights had not been violated, Foshee said in a court brief.

Covington officials declined to explain why they are settling the suit if there was no wrongdoing on the city's part.

Rittenberg said he and other attorneys representing Brown took on the case for free. Until early this month, Brown's legal team included Eric H. Holder, who withdrew from the case after he was named U.S. attorney general by President Barack Obama.



This statement -  [Until early this month, Brown's legal team included Eric H. Holder, who withdrew from the case after he was named U.S. attorney general by President Barack Obama. ] 


- - Has a profound effect on the current trend in injustice in Louisiana.  If Eric Holder has been called from a case in Louisiana - a wrongful conviction case, it would appear that the U. S. Attorney General - should intervene in the hell that is Louisiana injustice!