(Photo: Marchers at the George Floyd protest June 5 in the French Quarter. | NOPD) Organizers have planned a march on Saturday to protest New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s restrictions on the city’s live entertainment and bar industries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Update, 9/19/20, 3:04 p.m. CST: It appears the protest organizers have backed out and removed the event page from Facebook.
Organizers Chaos, a New Orleans area emcee, and local singer Shawn Williams, area calling on bar workers, including band members, bartenders, shot girls and even those in those industries outside of the city to meet near the corner of Bourbon and Canal streets at 3 p.m.
Dubbed #saveOURcity, the organizers are demanding Cantrell find a solution to reopen bars and live music venues that have been closed since March, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cantrell issued a shutdown order March 16, requiring the closure of all bars and nightclubs until further notice as a measure to contain spread of the coronavirus.
Although bars remained closed even after a phased reopening began in late May, early June, they were allowed to sell to-go alcoholic beverages. Cantrell suspended to-go alcohol on July 25, effectively closing bars all together, although many are now acquiring restaurant licenses in order to reopen.
“We have all been unjustifiable denied our living in this city, parish, and state,” the organizers wrote. “Everybody is waiting for someone or something so they join in and stop this mess that this lady is making of our community! I challenge you, all of you, get off the damn couch and let’s demand our lively hoods back!”
(Photo: Surveillance video footage circulated by NOPD following the French Quarter hit-and-run on March 16.) New Orleans district attorney officials earlier this month indicted a woman accused of deliberately hitting and killing a tourist with her car in a French Quarter hit-and-run incident last March.
Wise is innocent until proven guilty of the charges, but faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if found guilty of the murder charge and up to 40 years if convicted on the obstruction count.
Wise allegedly struck and killed 55-year-old Amber Mello, of Massachusetts, with her gray 2010 Hyundai Sonata shortly after midnight in the 700 block of St. Louis Street on March 16. Mello was a physician assistant from Massachusetts visiting the city with her husband and friends.
The incident was preceded by an alleged near miss by Wise’s car several seconds earlier and sparked an argument with Mello in which Wise threw an object at the group.
Witnesses and surveillance video images showed Mello’s husband punching Wise and the altercation was broken up by Mello, who directed her group back to the sidewalk, according to Daley.
Wise got back in her car, allegedly put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated backwards, crushing Mellow between her car and a car behind Wise’s.
Surveillance video showed Wise accelerating backwards so fast, the rear bumper, wheels and undercarriage of her car went on top of the other car’s hood, with Mello underneath, according to Daley.
Wise immediately fled the scene. Mellow died at the scene despite efforts by emergency responders to save her life, Daley added.
A DNA collected from an object Wise threw at Mello matched a sample previously stored in the federal Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), according to Daley. Was was previously convicted of abuse battery and criminal trespass in 2015, according to officials.
Wise turned herself in to police on March 25 afer police circulated images of the driver in the vehicle involved in the incident and has remained free on $205,000 bond set by Orleans Parish Magistrate Commissioner Jonathan Friedman.
(Photo: Devin Levier | NOPD) New Orleans Police arrested an 18-year-old Lake Charles man in connection to a Sept. 8 midday shooting near Canal and St. Charles streets that left one person dead and five people injured.
The shooting erupted shortly after 12:30 p.m. near the Starbucks and Rubensteins stores in the 700 block of Canal Street.
Officers from the Louisiana State Police and New Orleans Police that were on active patrol responded to the location after hearing gunfire and located one make victim with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The victim was identified as 37-year-old Lymon Brignac, of Lake Charles, according to New Orleans Police.
New Orleans Police initially detained two people, including Devin Levier, who was arrested on suspicion of illegal use of a weapon. His bail was set at $15,000. His next court date is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Magistrate Court M4 .
It’s not clear if the second person was arrested and charged with a crime. New Orleans Police have not released their identity.
Levier is Brignac’s son. Both the victim and the suspect are from Lake Charles and are believed to have evacuated the city due to Hurricane Laura, according to New Orleans Police.
Anyone with additional information that can aid in this investigation is asked to call Homicide Detective Stephanie Gray at 504-658-5300 or to call anonymously to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.