Four Arrested In Tourist Attack In New Orleans’ French Quarter


Four Black men attacked and robbed two White men in New Orleans. If you are thinking “Seems like a hate crime to me” you would probably be inn the majority.

If it were reversed it would immediately be investigated as a hate crime and the media would have mentioned race four times in the story. But this will likely NOT be the case in this crime.

|Fox News Reports:

Two more men were arrested Wednesday — for a total of four suspects in handcuffs — after a violent robbery in New Orleans’ French Quarter Saturday night left two tourists in the hospital, police said.

Rashaad Piper, 20, and Nicholas Polgowski, 18, were taken into custody early Wednesday morning, Fox 8 reported. Two other suspects — DeJuan Paul, 21, and Joshua Simmons, 18 — were also arrested earlier this week. Paul also faces drug charges after police discovered two bags of a powdery white substance in his packet when he turned himself in Monday night.

The four men were charged with second-degree robbery; however, the charges could be upgraded to homicide.

Two tourists, identified as James Curran and Tim Byrne, were visiting the city from Boston on Saturday when the four men ambushed them from behind. Curran and Byrne were attending the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association that weekend.

Surveillance video showed Paul punching Curran in the head and placing him in a chokehold. Byrne was hit in the back of the head and collapsed to the ground, hitting his face.

The attackers rummage through Curran and Byrne’s pockets before fleeing the scene.

Byrne was said to be in critical condition, but police said “he has somewhat improved.”

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  1. Don Lott

    June 29, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Not many other pedestrians showing in the film clip—must have been late at night. Years ago New Orleans was part of my territory as a music mfg. rep. but I only went out during daylight hours—and drive up to Slidell for a decently priced room for the night. It would appear that things have not changed much over the years.

  2. john brown

    June 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Why isn’t this a hate crime? Who makes that decision? What color is the group or person that makes this decision?

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