Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Scuzzbucket of the Week
Bernel Johnson, a man described as having a history of sexual assault in an NOPD news release. This piece of shit killed 24 year old New Orleans police officer Nicola Cotton, a shy, soft-spoken and ambitious young officer patrolling some of the city's most violent corridors. She became the second female NOPD officer killed in the line of duty.
From the Times Picayune
On Monday morning, officer Nicola Cotton approached a middle-aged man sitting in the parking lot a Central City strip of stores, Police Department spokesman Sgt. Joe Narcisse said. Police Superintendent Warren Riley said the man appeared homeless.
Surveillance footage shows Cotton motioning casually about 10 a.m. for the man to come near, police said. At that point, for reasons unclear, he pounced, Narcisse said.
For seven minutes, the pair tussled on the pavement, police said. Cotton called for backup on her radio at some point during the struggle, but the man wrestled her gun away from her and shot her before help could arrive, police said.
"He fired several times," Narcisse said. "She goes down to the ground. He just stands there, over her, looking down."
He fired again, unloading her service weapon of all its bullets, Narcisse said.
Supposedly a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic with violent tendencies Johnson's family say they have long fought a losing battle to get him mental help.
Sorry, mental illness or not, this guy's scum, one reason I believe in the death penalty.