Insist that NOPD provide protection for Jackson Square artists in the early morning hours!
On the morning of April 10th there was a horrible tragedy in Jackson Square. One of the artists that sets up there was attacked and beaten badly as he was setting up for a day of work. The front and back of his head were beaten in and he was rushed to the hospital where he has had surgery.The last I heard he was in ICU. The officers who responded to the scene did not even classify it as a crime scene and are not even running any sort of investigation! They even made horrid comments about his character. He is a dutiful father and husband, a dear friend and a wonderful artist... This should have NEVER HAPPENED. The Jackson Square artists are considered a huge draw for New Orleans tourists and they should have more support and protection from NOPD. The artists there are renowned world wide as an attraction and visited by thousands every weekend. They pay city taxes and fees just to set up in Jackson Square. The city takes their money, yet fails to protect or even respond or investigate this tragedy. We are organizing to raise funds to help pay for medical costs and to get NOPD to provide patrol for artists in the early morning when they are setting up. Please support this cause and sign this petition.