Dickinson says investigators later obtained a warrant to draw Polite’s blood. Brian Smith was booked Friday with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer. It’s been a little over a week since a cab driver was murdered in New Orleans East. Now, the cab company is trying to figure out a better way to keep its drivers safe. Investigators say Husnain was shot in the back of the head on July 9.

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Police arrest man in cab driver’s death | WWNO

A New Orleans Police officer has been suspended following his weekend arrest for suspicion of drunk driving. And Messina said cab drivers have to make split second decisions in sizing up fares before deciding to let them in their vehicles. Shooting scene on Downman Road. Never had any issues with anybody, friendly.

After that killing, Kerner’s sister and lawmakers pushed for xli that would make husnaim a cab driver a death penalty crime in Louisiana. Police chief Mac Dickinson told The Times-Picayune Polite was taken into custody after he refused to take a field sobriety or Breathalyzer test.

Ali Husnain

I mean we wanted to have that camera. That’s the best option we can have that whoever is getting in the cab, they’re on the camera.

If you know anything that can help investigators solve this cab driver murder, call Crimestoppers at According to a family member, Husnain was a husband, father, and United Cab Company driver for three years. He said Hjsnain had been driving for the company for two and a half years.


That information about Brian Lyn Smith was posted Tuesday on the sheriff’s office website. Ali Husnain was the fourth United Cab driver to husbain murdered in roughly the last two years.

The devastating news has rocked the entire cab community and beyond. A recently passed New Orleans City Council ordinance will soon require that cabs have security cameras.

Police arrest man in cab driver’s death

He said robbery is likely the motive. Messina pointed out a plaque on a wall containing the names husbain cabbies murdered in recent years. All of those funds are going towards sending Husnain’s body back to Pakistan, where he’s from, to be buried. Kazmi told us, “Right now city is working for cameras.

He’s accused of shooting year-old Deputy Michael Scott Boyington, who remains hospitalized. Kazmi says some drivers are realizing how important the cameras will be, saying, “Definitely everything will help.

Now, the cab company is trying to figure out a better way to keep its drivers safe. Despite new safety measures and a brand-new Louisiana law, they’re very concerned about safety.

If you’d like to donate to Husnain’s family, there’s an account set up at any Regions Husnaih. By Meg Gatto July 17, at 9: Even with stiffer husnan and soon, new safety measures, cab drivers who watched crime lab crews comb their co-worker’s cab don’t feel good about the future. New Orleans police have arrested a suspect in last month’s shooting api of a cab driver.


It’s not gonna secure your life, but it would definitely save some tragedies,” explained Askari. New Orleans cops and cabbies rushed to the deadly shooting of Ali Husnain.

Husnwin was already in prison when he was booked with the murder charge. Investigators recovered the wallet of the victim, but no cash. For more information on the account you can contact the Pakistan Community Association at We just can’t believe that these things are happening aali such nice people,” Messina said.

The reforms were passed by the City Council, meaning the cameras will soon have to be installed in all cabs. John the Baptist Parish deputy is being held without bond.

In March, another driver was shot in Metairie, and a year ago in MayUnited Cab driver Billy Kerner’s life was taken by a passenger.