Hard Times in the Big Easy
A ghost of Danziger Bridge
High Concept: I Never Want To See Another Gun Again
Aspect: Simple Minded Sweetheart
A deadly police shooting occurred on the Danziger Bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. On Sunday, September 4, six days after the hurricane, nineteen-year-old James Brissette and forty-year-old Ronald Madison, both African American, were killed in the gunfire, and four other civilians were wounded. All victims were unarmed. Madison, a mentally disabled man, was shot in the back. New Orleans police coordinated in fabricating a cover-up story for their crime, falsely reporting that seven police officers responded to a police dispatch reporting an officer down, and that at least four people were firing weapons at the officers upon their arrival.
No one’s been attacked on the bridge thus far, but those with guns feel powerfully uncomfortable on the bridge, as if someone was watching them with intense hostility. Madison has trouble telling the difference between cops and robbers, but recognizes guns.