A New Orleans city councilman is advocating for reinforcements as crime rises in the city, homicides are on track to reach record highs and the police force is struggling with the old low staff.
“Maybe it’s time to talk about bringing in the National Guard,” Oliver Thomas, the district chief of the Criminal Justice Committee, told Fox News after a week of chaos in Big Easy.
As of June 5, 2022, there were 123 homicides in New Orleans. There were 84 murders in the city during the same period last year. According to the Metropolitan Crime Commission, 65 people were killed in 2019.
The New Orleans Police Department is currently facing a staffing crisis, according to the city’s police union.
‘We are designed to keep this city operational and safe with 1,600 officers. We’re just over 1,000 right now, and if you reduce the number of people in our administrative division … we’re only looking at more than 900 officers, “New Orleans Police Association Captain Mike Glasser told Mayma City Council. ‘And the problem is not that we are fixed on 900 officers. We are losing officers every day. ‘
Only 14 police officers were deployed in the Thomas district over the weekend, which he says is insufficient.
“Fourteen is not enough,” he told the news channel.
New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell defended the police department’s performance, telling Fox 8 News in early May that “this trend is moving in the right direction, compared to violent crime.”
Cantrell has been criticized for failing to take a public stand in the midst of recent violence.
Robert Collins, a professor of urban studies and public policy at Dillard University, told Fox 8 Live: “I feel depressed now. “I think the downside is that we haven’t seen the mayor as much as people want.”
City Councilman Oliver Thomas suggests police have lost control of New Orleans as crime rates have risen this year. He called on the National Guard to help
Murder is not the only crime out of control in New Orleans.
So far this year, armed looting has increased by 23 percent and car jacking by 8 percent. Compared to 2019, carjacking has increased by 180 percent.
Shooting is the only category of violent crime that has declined since last year, although they are historically high.
Overall there is a general sense that the southern city is in chaos, according to the city council.
Over the weekend, two people were hit by a car during a gathering of people watching an unofficial street car show on social media.
The video shows drivers making donuts, blocking traffic, shoveling tire smoke and causing general nuisance.
Recordings of the scene show hundreds of young people lined up on the sidewalk and walking down the street.
The video shows a red Mustang zooming into a convertible crowd, striking two people and flying over the car. According to WDSU News, the impact hit a man’s shoe.
In another clip, the driver turns in front of a New Orleans police SUV, stopping at a traffic light, almost hitting several pedestrians on the road.
After the police blew the lights and sirens, the youths stopped the vehicle from moving and jumped on it.
Young men jump into a New Orleans police SUV, stopping two men from responding to a call for help after they were hit by a car over the weekend.
Crowds of young men blocked traffic in New Orleans as drivers beat donuts on the road over the weekend. Here the crowd mocks the officials who responded at the scene
When the police do nothing to stop them, the men jump up and down the hood of the car.
Crafty King’s owner, Kat Brennan, who lives near Franklin and Fillmore streets where the men were killed, said she called the police, but they were slow to respond.
‘The police can’t get inside and when they show up there is only one officer,’ she told WDSU News. ‘We have a panic button here. We press it and sometimes they don’t come. ‘
Linda Freaky, 73, was dragged off a block of North Scott Street when four “teenage” carjackers stole her car and got stuck in a seat belt in Mid-City, New Orleans.
She was stuck in the arm hanger on the outside of her gray SUV (pictured) when four teenagers stole her arm and dragged her down the street, cutting off her arm in the process.
Thomas told Fox News, “Many of our cities have this outbreak of blind crime, including New Orleans. ‘People want a balanced response. We want to improve the system. We want 21st century policing. We want respect for the law, just as we want respect for our citizens, but we do not want to see anything happen. “
“When I use the word Gotham City, in our cities and in New Orleans, there are often people who think about what they want, when they want, how they want, where they want, and who they want,” he added.
The councilman’s call for a National Guard was met with both support and skepticism.
When a local reporter asked if the military support for New Orleans was realistic, Thomas said: ‘If it is realistic to save lives. If it’s realistic to stop these people from coming in, take it and shoot our city. If it is realistic to stop them from disrespecting our municipal, criminal and civil law, then the only thing we can trust is realism. ‘
High crime can affect the city’s economy, which depends on the city’s French Quarter and tourists visiting the Jazz Festival.
New Orleans officials have placed some officers on 12-hour shifts for the summer months, and the department will bring in state police to assist police in high-crime areas under the Operation Golden Eagle dubbed program.
At around 10:30 pm on Wednesday night, a 16-year-old boy was killed and another 17-year-old girl was injured in the Algiers section of the city.
The city was shocked in March when 73-year-old grandmother Linda Freaky, 73, had her arm ripped off her seatbelt, her arm torn off and she was dragged to work.
In May, 80-year-old Augustine Greenwood was shot dead by a stray man as he was returning to his car after attending his grandson’s high school graduation ceremony.
Two other people were also killed in the shooting in the afternoon.
‘I think so [this is] This is the third or fourth time since the late ’90s that we have killed more than 90 people in April,’ said Jeff Asher, who runs AH Datalytics, a New Orleans-based public safety consulting firm. ‘If you think about it, in 2019, we’ve had 121 murders. So we’ve seen a dramatic increase in homicides, which actually started in the middle of the 2020s. ‘
NOPD Superintendent Sean Ferguson acknowledged that public outcry for violent crimes could be reduced.
Greenwood (left) was attending her granddaughter’s high school graduation (right) at the graduation center of Xavier University in New Orleans when she was shot dead.
New Orleans is not the only city seeking armed forces for assistance.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday he would deploy a National Guard in Chicago to reduce violent crime.
“I have never hesitated to ask local mayors for help from the National Guard,” Pritzker said on Monday. “I’ve done it many times … we’ll call them when we need them.”
Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown dismissed the idea, although he did not have the power to enforce local laws.
“There are very limited uses for the National Guard,” he said. ‘A word to the wise. To those who seek to fit the National Guard into the role of police, I would say they are not under the police model to be able to enforce state law or municipal law. For example, they could not stop people from possessing drugs or guns. ‘
He said the army could be used for crowd and traffic control and security.