Thursday, July 15, 2010

Federal Grand Jury Returns Five-Count Indictment Against Roland Bourgeois In Donnell Herrington Shooting In New Orleans After Katrina

In the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina's flooding of much of New Orleans, stories about barbaric behavior by many Black residents spread far and wide. A group of up to 30 men in Algiers Point, just across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans, were determined to prevent Black thugs from invading and pillaging their neighborhood. Algiers Point was one of the few New Orleans neighborhoods which did not flood. And now one of those men faces a five-count Federal indictment because of it.

On July 15th, 2010, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Roland J. Bourgeois Jr. was charged in a five-count indictment with committing a hate crime with a deadly weapon in connection with a shooting that happened in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Bourgeois, who has since moved to Columbia, MS, allegedly plotted with others to defend Algiers Point from outsiders, including Blacks who did not reside in Algiers Point. He also allegedly used racial epithets in reference to Blacks and bragged after shooting a black man that he had got one. The case moved forward after people identified Bourgeois as the shooter in an article published earlier this year by The Times-Picayune, ProPublica, and PBS Frontline. Donnell Herrington was wounded by a shotgun blast to the back as he walked in the neighborhood with two other Black men; the three were allegedly evacuating New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Read the five page indictment HERE. The counts:

-- Count 1: Interference With Rights
-- Count 2: Conspiracy
-- Count 3: Firearms Violations; used a shotgun in the commission of a crime
-- Count 4: Obstruction of Justice; directed a witness to lie to the cops
-- Count 5: False Statements; lied to the FBI

If convicted on all five counts, Bourgeois faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison. Bourgeois is the only person charged in the case. A date for his initial court appearance wasn't immediately set and he has not yet been arrested in part because he is apparently in very poor health and is not considered a danger or a risk of flight.

Donnell Herrington's story: Herrington said the attack on him occurred on September 1st, 2005, as he strode toward the Algiers Point ferry terminal with his cousin, Marcel Alexander, and a friend, Chris Collins. They were attempting to get transportation out of town which had been organized by the U.S. Coast Guard. But as the trio approached the intersection of Pelican Avenue and Vallette Street, a White man pointed a shotgun at Herrington and, without saying a word, squeezed the trigger. The first shotgun blast ripped into his throat, torso and arms. Somehow, Herrington got to his feet and began running. He remembers two more armed men joining the first gunman. As he tried to escape, a second blast struck him in the back. Eventually, Herrington was transported to hospital, where doctors discovered buckshot in his arms, chest, abdomen and back. A cluster of pellets had torn open the internal jugular vein along the right side of his throat. He underwent successful surgery to repair the shredded vein.

The story of Roland Bourgeois as told by his mother, Pam Pitre: Pitre said she has discussed the shooting in detail with Bourgeois, and testified before the grand jury about it. In Pitre's telling, Bourgeois encountered three dangerous and "arrogant" African-American males who had been trying to break into parked cars, Pitre said. "He said they looked like gang members to him," she recalled. After the trio of black men tried to move one of the barricades blocking the street, Bourgeois and another man began shooting at them, Pitre said. "Both men had guns. Both fired," she said, adding that she didn't know the name of the other shooter. The shots were meant to scare, not to kill.

When the gunfire stopped, Bourgeois picked up the baseball cap that had fallen from the head of one of the shooting victims, according to Pitre, who said her son kept the hat until she convinced him to get rid of it. Pitre said the shooting had nothing to do with skin color. "If they want to say it was a bad decision -- yes, it was. But it wasn't a hate crime," she said. "He is not a racist -- and that's what bothers me more than anything else." Bourgeois was terrified by the lawlessness that followed the storm and flooding, she said. He was threatened by a group of Blacks and pelted with bottles in the days before the shooting occurred.


Andrex(the secret Canadian agent) said...

I wonder what Craig Cobb's thought are on this situation.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the USSA - it ain't going to get any better. There are some police officers the Federal Pigs are after too, claim they shot a Darkey or two.

Anonymous said...

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Dr. Weeds said...

Maybe if he shot some White people it would even out and he'd be freed.