“Fliers posted throughout the city, including areas near the Orleans Criminal District Courthouse, scream ‘Justice for Wendell Allen” and other such slogans,” Kelly wrote in his motion. “The name Wendell Allen and its synonymy with police violence has even permeated the art of local graffiti taggers, who have similarly posted various slogans around town using graffiti as their medium for expression of their enmity.”
Allen’s family filed a lawsuit against the city of New Orleans and the NOPD the same week as the family of 2o-year-old Justin Sipp, who was killed by the NOPD under suspicious circumstances during a traffic stop.
He was allegedly armed and was killed after he allegedly began shooting at police officers and they returned fire.
One of the officers who shot Sipp was Jason Giroir.
As previously reported by NewsOne, in response to a comment posted on WWL-TV.com on a story about Trayvon Martin, 17, who was unarmed when he was gunned down by George Zimmerman, 28, Giroir said that the 17-year-old deserved to die:
“Act like a Thug Die like one!” he wrote.
Giroir’s wife echoed her husband’s sentiments on the same article:
“He acted like a thug and died like one,” she wrote. When a commenter said that Giroir’s comments were racist, the veteran did not back down, taunting, “… come on down to our town with a ‘Hoodie’ and you can join Martin in HELL and talk about your racist stories!”
Read more about both Sipp’s and Allen’s cases at the NOLA Defender.