Telly Hankton, a violent man, and finally due to an eye witness compelling testimony, is permanently off the streets. New Orleans has been plagued by street justice for many years. Violence , drugs, and poverty seem to be correlated. The streets of New Orleans is plagued with a self-indulgent, a romantic skepticism of juvenile delinquents,drug dealers,misogynists, and cut-throat killers.
New Orleans is and isn’t a typical American city. New Orleans has culture, food,museums, the French Quarter and all the many shops, but as of lately, it has only been known as the murder capital of the world.
Telly Hankton is an embodiment of what is happening,the most visible,most complete example, of a complex evolution;of a failed school system,the unspoken white collar crimes, and the poor inner city youth are left only trying to survive .
Race, as everything else plays into Telly Hankton’s story. The divide and struggle of, the subdivisions of class and the practices of the ruling autonomy. Many of the inner city youths feel the alienation from society,as well as from apart from each other . They learn to adapt to their surroundings. They learn the art of survival.
The many people raised in New Orleans have vivid stories that involve random acts of violence. Many things are disheartening; the dilapidated parts of the city, although the residents there are physically alive, many are mentally dead, as dead as the many mausoleums that fill many communities in New Orleans.
Telly Hankton, one of the most dangerous criminals in the city of New Orleans, is found guilty.
New Orleans violence has been out of control. reached countless.
The one and only witnesses recounts in trial of Telly Hanktop, “I was watching him so hard because I didn’t want to die. I didn’t want to leave my wife alone. I just wanted to make sure if something happened to me, someone would be able to do something,” the witness said. “I tried so hard to look because I was scared.” New Orleans is notorious to have a case fall apart because of a lack of witness testimony. witness although scared to death, decided to play an instrumental part in taking New Orleans back from the criminals.
Many parts of New Orleans poor Black youth feel the isolation; resources available to some and off limits for many others.
Its a Southern city with all that entails:neighborhoods,working class life to suburbs as plush as executive can afford. Southern small-town quaint resides next to, mansions and crack houses are only short miles from each other. with children playing outside including picking up dirty needles, and crack pipes.
Telly Hankton’s first trial in 2008 did fall apart.There was no witness in the trial. The jury
“When you look at his history, being involved in drugs and other things, for him to make a $1 million bond was easy,” Riley said. “We hope that when he is apprehended that his bond is ten times what it was making it impossible for him to get out.” He was an established player in the streets of New Orleans. He had many that worked for him. He established businesses from the wealth he made in the streets of New Orleans. Many young kids in the community only see the expensive cars,nice clothes, and jewelry that Hankton and his followers had. these children saw that their only hope of gaining those things would be to follow in his footsteps, regardless of the consequences.
Witness intimidation is notorious in New Orleans. Many cases are not afforded the luxury of guilt due to not having reliable witness testimony. In the Hankton trial, “Prosecutors alleged Friday that Thomas Hankton was not only involved in the murder plot, but that he “conspired to pay Danielle Hampton and Sana Johnson for their testimony,” said Christopher Bowman, an assistant district attorney, adding that Netthany Schexnayder “assisted Thomas Hankton in that effort.” It is rare that a criminal has the opportunity to have a successful scheme to have fake witnesses to clear themselves. Telly Hankton was a major participant in the violent assassination of African-American youths in the city of New Orleans. Many residents in uptown New Orleans feel much safer with Hankton off the streets. One resident said, “ there are many more like him, but having him off the streets, I can let my kids play in the yard.”