Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: New Orleans Eyes Bars and Restaurants as New Focus of Surveillance

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison has a message for New Orleans bar-goers: Be good—you’re being watched.

The city council is considering an unprecedented proposal to require any business with a liquor license to install video cameras that feed into a real-time surveillance “command center” monitored 24/7 by law enforcement.

“We want to be able to send a message that if you’re in public spaces, we’re going to be able to catch you if you commit a crime,” Harrison told Citylab. “We h…

Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: New Orleans’ Great Bail Reform Experiment

The U.S. is just one of two nations in the world with a money bail system (the other is the Philippines). The system means that people are held in jail while they wait for trial, unless they can afford to pay to go free. Defendants who can’t pay their way out of jail often lose their jobs, homes, children, and sometimes even their lives.

Courts across the country are starting to face legal and legislative challenges to their bail systems. And New Orleans has become a key battleground, as lawmaker…