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NOPD Officer Dies From Injuries Sustained in Sunday Accident

Officer Natasha Hunter;  Photo: NOPD

Officer Natasha Hunter; Photo: NOPD

A New Orleans police officer gravely injured in a vehicle accident on Sunday has died from her injuries.

Officer Natasha Hunter, 31, died on Tuesday from injuries sustained after her patrol vehicle was struck by a suspected drunk-driver on I-10.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, 33-year old Chau Thai Nguyen, was taken into custody at the scene.

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said of the loss of Officer Hunter, "This is a tragic loss for her family, friends, fellow officers and our entire community. Officer Hunter was a dedicated public servant who loved her family, her job and serving her city. We will never forget the sacrifice she made and the hearts and prayers of our entire department our with her family today and always."

Officer Hunter is survived by her 5-year old daughter.

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NOPD Officer in Grave Condition After Being Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver

Officer Natasha Hunter;  Photo: via nola.com

Officer Natasha Hunter; Photo: via nola.com

A New Orleans police officer is in grave condition and suffering from a massive brain injury following a vehicle accident early Sunday morning.

Officer Natasha Hunter, 31, was seated in her car and parked along the shoulder of eastbound I-10, assisting another officer in the investigation of a multi-vehicle accident, when she was struck by a passing vehicle. 

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said of the incident, "We would ask the entire community to pray for our officer...she belongs to the entire community."

Officer Hunter is a 12 year veteran of the force and has a 5-year old child.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Hunter was taken into custody.

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UPDATE: NOPD Arrest Suspect in Shooting of Tulane Medical Student

Photo: NOPD

Photo: NOPD

Euric Cane, 21, has been taken into custody related to the shooting of good samaritan Peter Gold, 25.

Gold, a medical student at Tulane University, was shot while trying to help a woman being robbed. NOPD had identified Cane as the suspect in the shooting and had offered a $12,500 reward for information leading to his arrest. 

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NOPD Identify Suspect in Shooting of Tulane Medical Student Caught on Tape

Photo: NOPD

Photo: NOPD

The New Orleans Police Department has identified a suspect in the shooting of a Tulane medical student early Friday morning. The chilling incident was caught on tape.

The suspect, identified as Euric Cane, 21, is seen shooting good samaritan Peter Gold, 25, in the stomach after Gold tried to intervene while Cane engaged in an apparent robbery and kidnapping. 

In the surveillance video, Cane can be seen trying to shoot Gold twice in the head after shooing him in the stomach; however, Cane's gun appears to have jammed.

Cane fled the scene and Gold was taken to a local hospital, where he is still listed in critical condition.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had this to say to Cane: "We know who you are and you need to know that we are going to find you."

The New Orleans Police Department is offering a $12,500 reward for any information leading to Cane's capture. 

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17 Injured in Wild Shootout in New Orleans

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

At least 17 people were injured in a wild shootout at a park in New Orleans on Sunday evening. 

Hundreds of people had gathered at the Bunny Friend Playground in the city's 9th ward to celebrate a block party and music video shoot.

When an altercation broke out between two groups of people, gunfire ensued.

Multiple people were transported via ambulance to local hospitals. 

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called on the public to help with the investigation. "It’s going to require the people who were in this park to basically say they’ve had enough and they’re not going to put themselves in harm’s way and give us information so that the police can do their job," the mayor said.

The violence comes amid a dramatic reduction in police resources in New Orleans. The city's police force has shrunk to under 1,200 officers while they should be staffed at closer to 1,600, per the WSJ.

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Off-Duty Officer Shot in New Orleans, Suspect Outstanding

A veteran New Orleans police officer was shot while driving in the Desire neighborhood in the Upper 9th Ward on Sunday night.

NOPD officials said that the officer, identified as Commander Derek Frick, was driving toward his father's house when the occupant of a passing car fired gunshots at him. Frick was not in uniform at the time.

Commander Frick was struck in the neck but managed to pull his vehicle over where a number of citizens helped him obtain medical attention. 

The suspect was described as driving a brown or gold SUV, possibly a GMC or Chevrolet.

Although listed in critical condition, the NOPD said that Commander Frick's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. 

No possible motive for the shooting has been identified.

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Senator Cruz Demands Answers From DOJ and Defends Police in the Face of Criticism

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has called upon United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch to disclose the extent to which Department of Justice (DOJ) policies have hindered the ability of state and local law enforcement to effectively protect their communities. 

The Senator's office delivered a letter to Attorney General Lynch's office on Tuesday, requesting clarity.

In a period of increasing violence throughout the United States, Senator Cruz evinced concern that DOJ policies have hampered the ability of state and local law enforcement to combat an uptick in crime, citing alleged misconduct on the part of Department members who had previously investigated allegations of civil rights violations by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

"I am very concerned that the Administration’s policies, as currently implemented by the Department, may be reducing the effectiveness of state and local law enforcement officials, chilling their ability to stop criminals in their communities, and fueling a nationwide crime increase," said Cruz. 

Cruz continued, "At a time when the President’s anti-police rhetoric is emboldening criminals and fueling a nationwide surge in violent crime, the American public deserves to know if the Department is using the machinery of the United States government to suppress state and local law enforcement’s effectiveness."

You can read Senator Cruz's entire letter HERE.

Additionally, Senator Cruz has come under fire for defending law enforcement and condemning much of the anti-police rhetoric being promoted by the activist group Black Lives Matter. 

"If you look at the Black Lives Matter movement, one of the most disturbing things is more than one of their protests have embraced rabid rhetoric, rabid anti-police language, literally suggesting and embracing and celebrating the murder of police officers," said Cruz.

While defenders of Black Lives Matter (BLM) have taken umbrage with his comments, Senator Cruz was correct. Instances where BLM protesters have chanted inflammatory, outrageous, and often dangerous rhetoric while condemning law enforcement practices have been numerous.

During a protest march in Minneapolis in August, BLM members were filmed chanting, "Pigs in a blanked, fry 'em like bacon." just one day after Texas deputy Darren Goforth was ambushed and executed while filling his patrol car up with gas.

Despite repeatedly stating that the Black Lives Matter movement does not condone or support the killing of police officers, defenders of the group need to acknowledge that the actions of some of their members have been irresponsible at best, and dangerous at worst.

These actions have undermined public safety and damaged the working relationship between members of the public and the law enforcement community tasked with protecting them.

Highlighting the dangerous rhetoric is not the problem, ignoring it is.

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