Wednesday, August 09, 2006

This is really sad

I hope this guy gets some help and recovers. He's sacrificed a lot.

Photographer for 'Times-Pic' Arrested As He Begs Cops to Kill Him:
"Published: August 09, 2006 12:25 PM ET

NEW YORK A photographer for the Times-Picayune of New Orleans who has undergone severe personal trauma since Hurricana Katrina hit was arrested Tuesday after trying to get police to shoot him to death. Police said he claimed he was depressed after he found out he didn't have enough insurance money to rebuild his Katrina-damaged home.

They said he was seeking 'suicide-by-cop,' but police who found him tasered him instead.

Earlier published accounts had revealed that he had recently taken a leave of absence from the paper and was undergoing therapy.

John McCusker, the photographer, was being held under psychiatric observation and faces unspecified charges.

He had been one of the paper's key photographers in the immediate aftermath of Katrina. 'Katrina didn't flood New Orleans - government failure did,' he told visiting students from Brown University recently."
One policeman said "he sees it [mental damage from Katrina] all the time now."

1 comment:

Vicky said...

They are raising money for John at the Times-Picayune and I encourage everyone to contribute. As his next door neighbor, I can tell you that he IS a fine Dad, a great neighbor, an excellent musician, and an asset to this city.