Police shot and killed a man on Bourbon Street early on Sunday, July 10th, after he got into an altercation with a bouncer at the Bourbon Street Blues Company nightclub over not wearing a t-shirt, a small problem that should never have escalated to gunfire. Bouncers are notorious on Bourbon for their bad decisions, escalation of situations, and aggressive brutality, all backed up by the NOPD, who are always nearby, watching with approval, if not actively participating.
The guy who was killed had a gun, and allegedly flashed it at the bouncer, in what was surely a drunken display of bravado, as he was leaving the BBC after being kicked out for not wearing a T-shirt. The bouncer could have left it at that, but he chased the guy, and the NOPD got involved, creating an escalating situation that ended with a dead young man and bullets flying around on Bourbon Street, which isn't safe for anyone, and a tragedy for the man's family and friends.
The inability for police and bouncers to choose the de-escalation of a situation over maintaining their absolute control and ability to punish all law violators puts everyone in more danger than if they had let this drunk guy wander off and cool down. This is just another example of how the cops don't keep us safe, they actually put us all in more danger, and this time it lead to another sad ending of a young man's life. We live in a city where the war of Capital against people has undergone metamorphosis into a violence that shoots out in all directions. Until that war of the rich against all others has ended, a war now hundreds of years old, the insanely violent society it catalyzes outward in all directions will never end.