By Peter Hernon
On New Year's Eve in New Orleans, 1972, Mark James Essex all started the most violent and lethal sniper assaults on policemen that any American urban had ever seen.
It was once yet one more tragic trip down the line of hatred, and prior to it ended one week later, hundreds and hundreds of seriously armed police and a Marine Corps attack helicopter will be referred to as to a burning downtown inn to conflict phantom gunmen who refused to give up or to be killed.
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I’ll bet a lot of brass is fed up with what’s been going on and would do something if they could,” said Robert X——. He fervently believed this; that naval officers were being forced against their will by obscure regulations for “some bleeding hearts” in Washington to give preferential treatment to blacks and were only complying out of necessity, not conviction. The belief somehow made life easier. Robert X—— felt that he and the command were working, even suffering together; that they were victims of a conspiracy to force them to hand over their rights and privileges.
Perez had been hit by the same bullet that had passed through Harrell’s chest. Inside the lockup, Dupaquier had rushed into his office to get his revolver. Because of a departmental regulation, side arms could not be worn in the building, but he kept it unloaded in a filing cabinet. Like Weatherford, Dupaquier had planned on a quiet evening studying; a major in accounting, he needed only a few more hours to graduate from Loyola and was in the midst of preparing for his finals. 38-caliber Smith & Wesson.
They would sit, a group of Negroes at one table, Filipinos or Chicanos at another, and whites by themselves. Then before you knew it some white boy would call a black a ‘spade’ and like a firecracker it would touch off an explosion. But what really burned Essex up was the riding he got from petty officers and other officers. They would write him up for the smallest infraction and usually he would get a Captain’s Mast while the white got off scot free. ”1 The other black was twenty-three-year-old Fred Allen, who knew Essex from days together at boot camp.
A Terrible Thunder. The Story of the New Orleans Sniper by Peter Hernon