Will New Orleans Repeat Trayvon Martin With The Merritt Landry Case?
It certainly appears that New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, is following the same game plan that Angela Corey wrote when she prosecuted the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. If the name seems familiar, it is. His Honor, Mitch, is Senator Mary Landrieu’s brother who appears to have a yen for higher office.
It seems His Honor is the force behind the impending prosecution of one Merritt Landry for shooting a 14-year-old black boy named Marshall Coulter at approximately 1:45 am last July 25. The young man was inside Landry’s yard between two cars when the armed homeowner confronted him. Coulter made a sudden move, Landry fired, striking him in the head. The young man was not killed.
Landry was arrested, eventually made bond, and was released. In his defense, the area was fairly high crime. A man was murdered blocks away just hours later, Landry’s wife was in late pregnancy, and his two-year old in the house.
Landry, a city building inspector, was suspended without pay. Now the District Attorney must, by law, charge in the next few days. The politics at play here are very similar to the Trayvon Martin case, in that the usual suspects of national rabble rousing have made their presence known to the expected results.
What is very different here is that Landry has a number of unusual allies under the banner of The Home Defense Foundation, a color blind organization fed up with runaway crime in New Orleans neighborhoods. Led by a “recovering attorney,” Mike Weinberger, coordinated by Nadra Enzi, the group has risen to Landry’s defense by going nationwide with his side of the story, with CNN interviews, and a feature story in the Los Angeles Times.
These individuals have gone pro-active on as many fronts as they can muster in a very short period of time. This writer’s main contact is Nadra Enzi, or Captain Black as listed Twitter handle. His main thrust has been to tackle crime as a means of allowing business and commerce to thrive. Cap is absolutely on fire for justice which can be seen in his remarkable video.
And observe this video on the black mindset, and the tension that is boiling at the surface. It is astounding. It is profane, so be forewarned.
It is possible that the DA, a moderate Democrat, will be sensible about whether to charge Landry. But with a mayor like Landrieu looking to broaden his political horizons, it is not a safe bet. However, the mayor’s course will not be easy with the people of all races in “The Big Easy” who are sick of crime. Nor will it be a cakewalk with men like Weinberger and Enzi holding him to account.
What could happen is a shift in politics spawned by another catastrophic prosecution based on liberal stupidity. I, for one, would hesitate and think deeply before I decided to match wits with the people of Home Defense Foundation.
As a matter of disclosure, I did my first interview with Cap (Nadra Enzi) only a day or two before the Landry/Coulter event, and went to press with the interview the day of the shooting. I am not in the least surprised that Cap is working on it.
Cap is serious, and so are his associates.