Author: Chuck Hustmyre

Dangerous Streets

Lisa Z. works at a hotel in the French Quarter. At midnight on July 6, she was walking home from work, headed to the Faubourg Marigny, when a trio of thugs knocked her to the ground, robbed her at gunpoint…

Fraud Finders

When you’re counting on a killingAlways count me in –Talk me into losin’ just as long as I can winI want the easy –Easy money.        –Billy Joel, “Easy Money”One of Donovan McMullen’s partners was a snitch, so he decided…

NOPD SWAT

“Something bad is going to happen, either today or tomorrow,” Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann said. “I can promise you that.” Scheuermann is a deputy commander of the New Orleans Police Department’s Special Operations Division.He spoke those words the morning of Dec.…

Violent Night

The weekend was a bloody one, even by New Orleans standards. During a 52-hour stretch, between midnight Friday and 3 a.m. Monday, six people were shot to death and three more wounded. “We got our tails handed to us this…

TRUE BLUE: Katrina and the cops: the other side of the story

You’ve heard the rumors. They were printed in every newspaper and broadcast on every TV news program. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Police Department bugged out. They ran, leaving the city and its citizens to fend for themselves.…

Blue on Blue: Murder, Madness and Betrayal in the NOPD

SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 1995. 1:55 A.M. EASTERN NEW ORLEANS Antoinette Frank stood in the cramped kitchen of the Kim Anh restaurant, a 9 mm pistol clutched in her hand. Kneeling on the dirty floor at Frank’s feet were 17-year-old Cuong…