Curfew Eased In New Orleans

by TChris

Eager to return to a happier lifestyle, some New Orleans residents are defying curfews. Bar owners in the French Quarter planned to disobey a midnight curfew until Mayor Nagin extended the curfew to 2 a.m.

Although some bars have been repopulated by prestorm regulars, most of [ Tropical Isle club owner Earl] Bernhardt's patrons are now "Red Cross workers, medical personnel and insurance adjusters who are working long hours" and don't show up until 11:30 p.m., Bernhardt said. The midnight curfew was killing his business, he said.

After New Orleans police administered a post-curfew beating, Nagin announced that the midnight curfew would be strictly enforced, perhaps to protect residents from the police.

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    Re: Curfew Eased In New Orleans (none / 0) (#1)
    by Aaron on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:02 PM EST
    Someone should eventually challenge continuing curfews as unconstitutional. We had some success at the public defender in Palm Beach County on fighting stops/arrests based on curfews that were enacted after the hurricanes in 2004 because there was no widespread disturbance or riots which are supposed to preciptate the decision to issue or continue any curfew. If it has been a long time since any rioting or widespread disturbance in NO, the gov is just locking people up for failing to be inside after dark, not because of any threat of widespread rioting or disturbance.

    Re: Curfew Eased In New Orleans (none / 0) (#2)
    by pigwiggle on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:02 PM EST
    Speaking of curfews, looks like its 8:00 PM in Toledo. I assume TalkLeft is working up the post now. For the title may I suggest; “Young black gangs promulgate violence in response to Nazi accusation of young black gangs promulgating violence”. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. Nazis 1, Toledo 0; sick.

    Re: Curfew Eased In New Orleans (none / 0) (#3)
    by Lww on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:02 PM EST
    This non-story will be soon relegated to the ash-heap along with Sandy Bergers underwear stuffing and the criminal incompetence of the New Orleans PD. If the slant don't fit you must omit.