Furious New Orleans Councilman Proposes Calling in National Guard to Reduce Crime
A New Orleans city councilman suggests bringing in reinforcements as crime ramps up in the city, homicide rates are on track to hit record highs and police grapple with chronic understaffing.
“Maybe it’s time to talk about bringing in the National Guard,” said District E Councilor Oliver Thomas, head of the criminal justice commission. Fox news after a weekend of chaos in the Big Easy.
On June 5, 2022, there were 123 homicides in New Orleans. Last year around the same time there were 84 murders in the city. And in 2019, there were 65 homicides, according to the Metropolitan Crime Commission.
The New Orleans Police Department is currently experiencing a staffing crisis, according to the city’s police union.
“We are designed to run this city and keep it safe with 1,600 officers. We’re barely over 1,000 now, and if you subtract the individuals who are in our administrative duties… we’re looking at barely over 900 officers,” Capt. Mike Glasser of the New Orleans Police Association to City Council in May. † “And the problem isn’t that we’re stable at 900 agents. We lose officers every day.’
Only 14 police officers were assigned to Thomas’s ward this weekend, which he says is insufficient.
“Fourteen is not enough,” he told the news station.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has defended the police’s actions Fox 8 News early May that ‘the trend in violent crime is moving in the right direction’.
Cantrell has also recently been criticized for failing to take a public stance amid the violence.
“I think there’s a sense of hopelessness now,” said Robert Collins, a professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy at Dillard University. Fox8Live. “What makes it worse, I think, is that we haven’t seen the mayor as often as people would like lately.”
City Councilman Oliver Thomas has suggested that police have lost control of New Orleans as crime rates have soared this year. He called for the National Guard to be called in to help
Murder in New Orleans isn’t the only crime getting out of hand.
Armed robberies are up 23 percent this year and car thefts are up eight percent so far this year. Compared to 2019, carjacking has increased by 180 percent.
Shootings are the only category of violent crime that has decreased since last year, although historically they are still high.
All in all, there is a general feeling that the southern city is in chaos, according to the alderman.
Over the weekend, two men were hit by a car during a gathering of people organized on social media to watch an unauthorized street car show.
Video shows drivers doing donuts, blocking traffic, guzzling tire smoke and causing general nuisance.
A shot of the scene shows hundreds of young men walking along the sidewalks and on the street.
Video shows a red Mustang convertible zooming through the crowd, hitting two men and sending them flying over the top of the car. The impact hit the shoes of one of the men, according to WDSU News†
In another clip, a driver spins right in front of a New Orleans police SUV that stopped at a traffic light and nearly hit several pedestrians on the street.
When the police turn on their lights and sirens, young men at the rally jump on the vehicle to stop it from moving.
Young men jumped on a New Orleans police SUV, preventing officers from responding to help after two men were hit by a car over the weekend
Crowds of young men blocked traffic in New Orleans as drivers slammed donuts into the street over the weekend. Here the mob mocks cops reacting to the scene
The men start jumping up and down on the hood of the car as the police do nothing to stop them.
Kat Brennan, the owner of the Crawfish King, located near Franklin and Filmore streets where the men were hit, said she called police, but they were slow to respond.
“The police can’t get in and if they do, only one officer will show up,” she said WDSU News† “We have a panic button here. We insisted and sometimes they don’t come at all.’
Linda Frickey, 73, was dragged almost a block down North Scott Street after four “teen” carjackers stole her car and pinned her outside the vehicle with her arm fastened to the seat belt in Mid-City, New Orleans
She became trapped by her arm on the outside of her gray SUV (pictured) after four teenagers stole her arm and dragged her across the street, cutting her arm off
“This eruption of indiscriminate crime in too many of our cities includes New Orleans,” Thomas told Fox News. ‘People want a balanced answer. We want to reform the system. We want police of the 21st century. We want respect for the law, just like we want respect for our citizens, but we don’t want anything to go wrong.’
“When I use the term Gotham City, too often there are people in our cities and in New Orleans who think they can do what they want, when they want, how they want, where they want, and to whom they want,” he added. to.
The councilor’s call to call in the National Guard was met with both support and skepticism.
When asked by a local reporter whether military aid to New Orleans is realistic, Thomas said, “If it is realistic to save lives. If it’s realistic to stop these people from entering, then take over and shoot our town. If it’s realistic to prevent them from not respecting our municipal, criminal and civil laws, that may be the only realistic thing we can count on.”
High crime rates can affect the city’s economy, which relies on tourists flocking to the French Quarter and jazz festival.
New Orleans officers have put some officers on 12-hour shifts during the summer months, and the department will engage state police to help monitor high-crime areas under a program called Operation Golden Eagle.
Just Wednesday, at about 10:30 p.m., a 16-year-old boy became another murder victim and a 17-year-old girl was injured in the Algiers section of the city.
The city was stunned in March when a 73-year-old grandmother, Linda Frickey, 73, had her arm severed when it became entangled in a seat belt and was dragged to death in a carjacking.
In May, 80-year-old Augustine Greenwood was walking back to her car after attending her grandson’s high school graduation when she was hit and killed by a stray bullet.
Two others were also killed in the daylight shooting.
‘I think [this is] only the third or fourth time since the late 1990s that we were above 90 homicides until April,” said Jeff Asher, who heads New Orleans’ public safety consultancy AH Datalytics. “If you think we had 121 murders in all of 2019. So it’s clear that we’ve seen this dramatic increase in homicides, which really started in the middle of the half of 2020.”
NOPD Chief Inspector Shaun Ferguson acknowledged public outcry for violent crimes must be suppressed
Greenwood (left) was attending her grandson’s high school graduation (right), which was being held at Xavier University’s Convocation Center in New Orleans, when she was shot and killed
New Orleans isn’t the only city asking the armed forces for help.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said Monday he would send the National Guard to Chicago to tackle the violent crime.
“I never, ever hesitated when I was asked by local law enforcement officers, when they were asked by local mayors to provide assistance from the National Guard,” Pritzker said Monday. “I’ve done that a few times… We’ll call them if they’re needed.”
Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown threw cold water at the idea but said they don’t have the power to enforce local laws.
“There is very limited use of the National Guard,” he said. ‘A word for the wise. I would say to those who try to put the National Guard in a police role, they are not under a police model that can enforce state or municipal laws. For example, they couldn’t arrest people for possession of drugs or weapons.’
He said the military could be used to manage crowds and traffic controls and surveillance facilities.