“I Will Burn Down All The Houses On The Block!”
After the Fire, The Bastrop LA Police Have Made No Arrest.
Bastrop, LA – September 21, 2010 – You would think that after six years of fighting both the police and the noisemakers, Mr. Murphy would simply give up. The police declare, “If he calls them they will not come” and the lawbreakers say they will burn him out. With some success in getting them arrested, the noisemakers were becoming angry with Murphy. In addition, tired of his many complaints, Officer Jackson and Captain Willy Parker of the Bastrop Police both said they would not arrest the noisemakers if he called for help. It was then that the battle really heated up.
In September 2009, one of neighborhood’s noisemakers, exclaimed to the Bastrop Police officer, over and over, she “would burn down all the (Curse Word) houses on the block and she didn’t care about going to jail”! She was receiving another ticket for noise and was shouting her anger at the entire neighborhood. Sergeant Holmes documented the comments in police report number 200907657.
Alarmed by those contents, Mr. Murphy, the owner of six adjacent buildings, wrote a letter to the Bastrop LA Chief of Police. The letter asked that the noisemaker be arrested based on Louisiana law 14:51.1, which makes it illegal to “threaten” to burn your property. Neither the Chief of Police nor the Bastrop Mayor acted on the request. When asked for a reason, Sergeant Holmes said she had not “actually set any fire and was only angry”.
On June 16, 2010, Mr. Murphy’s four-plex apartment building, only sixty seconds walking distance from that noisemaker’s residence, was set on fire by an unknown arsonist. A month followed, and the Bastrop Police Detective had not contacted him to discuss the fire, so he contacted the Louisiana Fire Marshall’s office. The Louisiana Fire Marshall’s investigator soon arrived. After listening to the facts, the investigator agreed to ask D.A. Jerry Jones to arrest the person. However, no arrests have resulted at this time.
Prior to the fire, in 2009, Mr. Murphy meet with Chief Black and City Attorney Bentley to get clarifications and ask for assistance to battle the auto-boom-boxes. He offered to pay for patrols by the city, but no help resulted. In the conversation, Mr. Bentley told him he must have three witnesses in order for the Bastrop LA Police to issue a ticket for unnecessary noise. If a simple offense requires three witnesses, what does it take for a serious crime like arson? Have the Bastrop Police completed their investigation, will there be an arrest?
Link to PDF Incident Report: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/o5zn99
For further information, including video and audio, contact: James M. Murphy, 915 Gibbs Street, Bastrop, LA 71220 [email protected]