6 arrested on weapons charges during Nine Times Second Line in New Orleans

The arrests took place during the annual Nine Times Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s Second Line parade.
Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 4:55 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police announced Monday afternoon (Nov. 21) that six men had been arrested on a variety of weapons and drug charges during a Sunday Second Line parade through the Desire area.

The Second Line, held by Nine Times Social Aid and Pleasure Club, is an annual tradition that brings throngs of families and neighbors out to celebrate the Ninth Ward’s history, with an annual parade through Desire.

the NOPD identified the six arrested men at the event as:

  • Wade Batiste Jr., 42
  • Zhi Thomas, 21
  • Malik Jefferson, 20
  • Devin Knight, 30
  • Jerome Milton, 32
  • Tyjaih Gould, 24
Six men were arrested for illegally carrying firearms during a second line through New Orleans'...
Six men were arrested for illegally carrying firearms during a second line through New Orleans' Desire neighborhood, according to the NOPD.(NOPD)
Six men were arrested for illegally carrying firearms during a second line through New Orleans'...
Six men were arrested for illegally carrying firearms during a second line through New Orleans' Desire neighborhood, according to the NOPD.(NOPD)

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“We feel that because of this, we prevented any violent gun crimes, shootings from happening at the Second Line, and we’re very happy with the work that the men and women did yesterday,” said Lt. Andrew Palumbo of the NOPD’s Fifth District.

Those arrested were booked with illegal carrying of a firearm, with Batiste Jr. also booked with narcotics possession and resisting arrest.

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