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Mercredi

May 25th

Wednesday at the Square

Lafayette Square, 6p.m.

Mia Borders plays popular outdoor series

 

Marisa Anderson

Siberia, 9p.m.

Guitar virtuoso rooted in Americana

 

Tin Men

d.b.a., 7p.m.

The world’s premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio, weekly

 

Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge, 9p.m.

See the legendary band on their home turf, weekly

 

Major Bacon

Banks Street Bar, 10p.m.

Blues rock in Midcity—come early for BLTs, weekly

 

New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

Trombone Shorty proteges play funky takes on classics, weekly

Jeudi

May 26th

Gawd Save the Queen

Snug, 7p.m.

A musical tribute to Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

Maggie Koerner, art, Ms. Linda

 

Jazz in the Park

Armstrong Park, 5p.m.

Colin Lake, James Andrew play free outdoor series

 

Bad Company

Champions Square, 6p.m.

Rawk n’ Roll! Joe Walsh opens

 

Devil You Know

Republic, 9p.m.

Metalcore supergroup

 

Mrs. Magician

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Up and coming San Diego dismal pop

 

Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.

See Kermitt weekly gig in the 7th Ward and get to bed early

 

Feufollet

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Cajun indie rock--and it’s great

 

Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf, 11p.m.

Weekly gig from one of the city’s top drummers


Family of Unarmed Man Killed by Police Sues City, NOPD


For the second time in a week, the New Orleans Police Department and the City are facing a federal lawsuit over the killing of a citizen by a police officer. The family of Wendell Allen, who was killed by an officer while standing unarmed and shirtless in his mother's Gentilly home on March 7, 2012, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit this week against the NOPD, the City and the officer who shot the 20-year-old.

 

 

Allen was shot to death while police were serving a search warrant on his mother's Prentiss St. home in connection with reports of the house being connected to marijuana dealing.

 

 

Police broke into the house, where five children under the age of 18 were present. The officers pointed the guns in the kids' faces, and told them to back up, raise their hands and face the wall. Allen, who was resting in his brother's room on the second story of the home, then came to the stairs to see what the commotion was about. Once he was at the top of the stairs, Officer Colclough fatally shot Allen with a single bullet to the chest. 

 

 

Allen's brother Davin Allen and and 19-year-old Brandon Boles were arrested after Allen was killed. Outside the home, officers later arrested the target of the investigation, Troy Deemer, and booked him on drug possession charges.

 

 

In August, Colclough was indicted for manslaughter in connection with the case. The suit alleges Wendell Allen was never tied to marijuana crimes.

 

 

Wendell Allen's death is described as "senseless" and a "horrible tragedy" in court papers. In the suit, Wendell Allen is described as a former basketball star at Frederick Douglass High School, and an "energetic, positive, outgoing young person." Allen took a job with Richard's Disposal after attending Navarro College in Texas for a short time after graduation. 

 

 

 

The suit alleges authorities haven't been forthcoming with information about Allen's death, and failed to properly train Colclough for such situations. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the family, survivor's damages for Wendell Allen's mother Natasha Allen, as well as damages for the children. The suit also seeks injunctive relief in the form of ballistic, medical and forensic evidence related to the case. The material was shown to the Grand Jury that indicted Colclough, the suit states.

 

 

 

The week stretch of lawsuits in the deaths of Justin Sipp and Wendell Allen mimic the seven-day period around the same time in 2012 that saw the two men killed. Last week, Justin Sipp's family filed a federal lawsuit last week alleging wrongful death in the Mid-City traffic stop that turned deadly on March 1, 2012.

 

 

The NOPD does not comment on pending litigation.




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