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EYEHATEGOD Featured in Latest Issue of High Times! Fall Tour Dates Announced!

New Orleans’ hardcore blues-based dirge doers EYEHATEGOD are featured in the November 2011 issue of High Times, on stands now! To get your grubby paws on a copy, point your browser HERE.

Following a Summer of sonic destruction that included the Retox And Nihilism Over Europe Tour alongside Japan’s Church Of Misery and a slot on the sound-barrier breaking Power Of The Riff fest, the Louisiana derelicts will head out for another round of live abrasions this Fall and Winter. Check confirmed dates below:

EYEHATEGOD Tour Dates 2011/2012:
10/28/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/04/2011 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
11/05/2011 TBA
11/06/2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
01/21/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD w/ Integrity 9 (A389 Anniversary Show)
05/24/2012 Maryland Deathfest @ Sonar – Baltimore, MD

In related news, EYEHATEGOD unleashed an official live DVD earlier this year via MVD. Titled Live, the 88-minute production features multi-camera footage from 2009 (Baltimore, MD) and 2010 (Cleveland, OH), with bonus clips from the last show of their 2010 European tour and videos never before released before on DVD. Said Brooklyn Rocks of the production: “While musical trends come and go and numerous bands change their sound over time…EYEHATEGOD will continue to pump out self-loathing Southern sludge for years to come. Both fans of EYEHATEGOD and bands like Down and The Melvins are going to want to pick this release.” Added Cvlt Nation: “…a piece of EYEHATEGOD cinematic history.” A perfect dose of Black Flag meets Black Sabbath in ragged, live glory. Order your copy HERE where you’ll also find a new selections of T-shirts and hoodies.

And in case you missed it, the rad folks at Cvlt Nation recently hosted an entire week of EYEHATEGOD worship. Check out all the killer and much deserved coverage at THIS LOCATION and don’t forget to download Sonic Cathedrals Vol. VIII compilation as curated by Mike IX Williams HERE.


Defense Attorneys in Danziger Bridge Shooting Case Continue to Grill FBI Agent

The Danziger Bridge federal trial continued Thursday morning with a defense attorney questioning the FBI’s lead investigator on the case and accusing him of withholding evidence.

Ted Jackson, The Times-PicayuneBarbara ‘Bobbi’ Bernstein, lead prosecutor for the U.S. Justice Department, and FBI Special Agent William Bezak, lead investigator in the Danziger case, enter federal court on July 11.

Attorney Timothy Meche pressed FBI Special Agent William Bezak on why federal prosecutors hadn’t played a number of secretly-recorded conversations between accused officers for the jury and why the government had yet to call other involved officers to testify.

Bezak, one of the last few witnesses to testify on behalf of the government, responded that prosecutors, not him, choose what to unveil at trial. He later noted that his case files fill four bookcases and that if he was to present everything he knows, the trial would take much longer.

It was Bezak’s third day on the witness stand in U.S. District Court.

Meche, who represents accused officer Anthony Villavaso, highlighted minor contradictions between the narrative of events offered by officers who have pleaded guilty and cooperated with the government. Bezak acknowledged a handful of such contradictions.

The defense attorney also pounced on the fact that Robert Barrios, who implicated other officers in the allegedly unjust shooting and cover-up, has not testified.

Bezak, who previously characterized Barrios’ account of his conduct as odd, again noted he does not choose who testifies.

Meche also attempted to paint Bezak as uninterested in witness statements and evidence that did not fit a supposed government theory of the case.

Bezak denied the allegation, saying some officers lied in order to protect their colleagues. He named two officers in particular: Heather Gore and Donald Haynes.

Gore, who was in the back of the commandeered panel truck that responded to the scene, lied in an interview, Bezak said. “Her statement was inconsistent with the facts also. She attempted to get other witnesses to lie and back up her story.”

Gore and accused Sgt. Robert Gisevius were longtime friends and had previously been “intimate,” Bezak said.

Haynes, who watched the police shooting unfold from the nearby Interstate-10 high-rise bridge, acknowledged lying to investigators in the state case surrounding the incident.

Gore and Haynes have not been charged. Gore is still on the force, while Haynes resigned from the NOPD in October 2008.

The trial is now in its fourth week of testimony. Attorneys for the five accused officers will begin presenting their defense once the government rests its case, possibly as soon as this afternoon.

Villavaso, Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, former officer Robert Faulcon and Sgt. Robert Gisevius are on trial for unjustly shooting shooting six civilians, two of them fatally, on the Danziger Bridge a few days after Hurricane Katrina. They, along with Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, are also charged with covering up the incident.

NOPD’s No. 2 Cop Marlon Defillo Retires From Force

Defillo was scheduled to appear before NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas at a closed disciplinary hearing Friday.

Jenkins declined to elaborate on Defillo’s reasons for retiring, but thanked Serpas and Arlinda Westbrook, who heads the department’s Public Integrity Bureau, for their assistance.

“We’ve all worked together to come to this conclusion,” Jenkins said.

Defillo has worked for the department for 32 years. He will give a statement at 1 p.m. Friday at Jenkins’ office.

Remi Braden, the NOPD’s spokeswoman, said late Thursday afternoon that the department was unable to confirm Defillo’s retirement. The agency had yet to receive official notice of his departure.

Documents obtained by The Times-Picayune show that Defillo, one of the department’s most well-known and visible officers, was made aware in June 2008 that NOPD officers might have played a role in the killing of Glover and a subsequent cover-up.

That was six months before anything about Glover’s death was published in the news media, thus prompting the federal probe that resulted in the convictions of two officers.

At the end of 2008, the NOPD, responding to an initial report in The Nation magazine, announced it had not received “any complaints or information to substantiate any of the allegations” in the article.

The NOPD’s news release asked citizens with information on the matter to call Defillo.

Draining the Swamp – Dept. of Justice Investigative Report on New Orleans Police Not Good

No one expected the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) 10-month investigation of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) to turn up anything pretty, but certainly no one could have imagined just how damning it would be. In its summary of the report, the DOJ found reasonable cause to believe local cops engaged in multiple violations of federal law and unconstitutional conduct in a variety of areas. Those violations included use of excessive force; unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests; “biased policing,” particularly toward African-Americans, gays, lesbians and especially transsexuals; a systemic failure to provide services for non-English speakers; and a systemic failure to investigate sexual assaults and domestic abuse.

  ”For far too long, the New Orleans Police Department failed to adequately protect the citizens of the city,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the group gathered at Gallier Hall on March 17. “This was a result of its failure to ensure respect for and adherence to the Constitution.” Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez said the NOPD’s failings were “wide ranging, systemic and deeply rooted in the culture of the department” — encompassing policies, recruitment, training, supervision, paid details, performance evaluations, interrogation practices and more.

  The 115-page report (www.justice.gov/crt/about/spl/nopd_report.pdf), which had been requested by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas, was shocking even for a department known for its dysfunction. Among its conclusions:

  • Mishandling of officer-involved shooting investigations “was so blatant and egregious it appeared intentional.”

  • A “significant” number of arrests had “apparent constitutional violations.”

  • Officers often use unnecessary force that’s “deliberately retaliatory.”

  • Sexual assault investigations were “systematically misclassified,” resulting in a “sweeping failure.”

  • NOPD has “virtually no capacity to provide meaningful access to police services” for non-English speakers. (To his credit, Serpas began working on that problem before the report was issued.)

  And for African-Americans, many of whom have long said the NOPD unfairly targets blacks, the report confirmed their worst fears. Of the 27 instances between January 2009 and May 2010 in which officers intentionally discharged their firearms at people, all 27 of those people were black. “Despite the clear policy violations we observed, NOPD has not found an officer-involved shooting violated policy in at least six years,” the report stated. The report also noted “racial disparities in arrests … in virtually all categories, with particularly dramatic disparity for African-American youth under 17.” In 2009, the report said, the arrest rate of black youths versus white youths was a staggering 16 to 1 — a disparity that was “so severe and so divergent from nationally reported data it cannot plausibly be attributed entirely to the underlying rates at which these youth commit crimes.” Asked after the meeting if he had a personal message for black New Orleanians who have long been fearful of local cops, Landrieu said, “They were right.”

  The report is bound to cause widespread discussion and concern. The important thing for all citizens to bear in mind going forward is the underlying purpose — and ultimate utility — of the report. It must lay the groundwork for curative action by the mayor, the City Council and the police chief — all under DOJ supervision. It’s equally important for citizens to recall that Landrieu invited the feds to look at NOPD; he knew NOPD had major problems and he wanted an independent assessment from top to bottom. Now he has it, warts and all.

  The next big step for Landrieu, Serpas and the feds will be drafting a consent decree, which is a binding federal judgment against the city setting forth specific steps — including deadlines and benchmarks — that NOPD must take to correct the problems cited in the report. Overall, the report should serve as the first meaningful step toward long-term, systemic reform at NOPD. Many of the report’s conclusions are familiar refrains. What’s different now is the presence of a mayor and a police chief who are committed not only to reforming the NOPD but also to institutionalizing those reforms.

  We wish the feds and city officials well in their attempts to drain this decades-old swamp. With federal oversight, we hope the NOPD, in the words of Assistant AG Perez, “earns the trust of the public it is charged with protecting.” As the report clearly showed, NOPD has a long, long way to go.