New Orleans city councilor is proposing increased power as crime rates rise in the city, killings are on the rise and police forces are facing a shortage of staff.
“Maybe it’s time to talk about bringing in National Guard,” District E E Councilor Oliver Thomas, who heads the criminal justice committee, told Fox News after a turbulent weekend in Big Easy.
As of June 5, 2022, there were 123 murders in New Orleans. At the same time last year, there were 84 murders in the city. And in 2019, there were 65 murders, according to the Metropolitan Criminal Commission.
The New Orleans police department is currently facing a labor dispute, according to the city’s police union.
‘We are designed to work and keep this city safe with 1,600 officers. We are now close to over 1,000, and if you remove the people who are in our supervisory unit… we are looking at about 900 officers, ‘New Orleans Police Force Captain Captain Mike Glasser told City Council in May. “And the problem is not that we are consistent with 900 officers. We lose officers every day.”
Only 14 police officers were given jobs in the Thomas district over the weekend, which he says is not enough.
‘Fourteen is not enough,’ he told the news agency.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has defended the performance of the police department, telling Fox 8 News in early May that ‘conduct is moving in the right direction in relation to violent crime.’
Cantrell has also recently been criticized for failing to take a public stand amid violence.
“I think there is a sense of hopelessness now,” Robert Collins, professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy at Dillard University, told Fox8Live. “I think what makes it worse is that we haven’t seen the mayor as often as people would like recently.”
City Councilor Oliver Thomas has suggested that police have lost control of New Orleans as crime rates have risen this year. He appealed to the National Guard to be brought in to help
The massacre in New Orleans is not the only uncontrolled crime.
Armed robbery has risen by 23 percent and carjackings have increased by eight percent so far this year. Compared to 2019, car theft has increased by 180 percent.
Shooting is the only form of violent crime that has decreased since last year, although it is still historically high.
In general there is a general feeling that the southern city is in turmoil, according to the city councilor.
Over the weekend, two men were hit by a car during a rally organized on social media to watch an unauthorized street show.
The video shows drivers hitting the car, blocking traffic, inhaling tire smoke and causing general inconvenience.
The incident record shows hundreds of young people planning along the sidewalk and walking down the street.
The video shows a reversible red Mustang passing through the middle of the crowd, hitting two men and sending them to jump over a car. The effect removed the shoes from one of the men, according to WDSU News.
In another clip, the driver sped off in front of a New Orleans SUV parked in a traffic light, almost hitting pedestrians on the street.
When the police turned on their lights and sirens, the youths in the assembly jumped out of the car and stopped it.
The teenagers jumped into a New Orleans police SUV, preventing officers from responding to a call for help after two men were hit by a car over the weekend.
Crowds of young people prevented traffic congestion in New Orleans as drivers hit a roadblock over the weekend. Here the crowd mocks the officers who are responding to the scene
The men start jumping up and down on the hood of the car while the police do anything to stop them.
Kat Brennan, owner of Crawfish King, located near Franklin and Filmore streets where the men were beaten, said he called the police, but they were too late to respond.
“Police cannot enter and when they do enter there is only one officer appearing,” he told WDSU News. ‘We have a panic button here. We pressed it and sometimes it never came. ‘
Linda Frickey, 73, was dragged near North Scott Street after four ‘teenage’ thieves stole her car and trapped her outside the car with her hand stuck in a seat belt in Mid-City, New Orleans.
He got stuck hanging from his hand outside his gray SUV (pictured) after four young men stole his hand and dragged him down the street, cutting off his arm in the process.
“This outbreak of arbitrary crime in many of our cities includes New Orleans,” Thomas told Fox News. ‘People want a balanced answer. We want to fix the system. We want 21st century police. We want respect for the law, just as we want respect for our citizens, but we do not want to see anything go on. ‘
“When I use the word Gotham City, there are very often people who think in our cities and New Orleans that they can do what they want, when they want, how they want, where they want, and who they want,” he added.
The councillor’s call for the National Guard to be brought in has been met with support and suspicion.
Asked by a local journalist if military support for New Orleans was real, Thomas said: ‘If it really saves lives. If it is true to prevent these people from entering, take control and shoot our city. If it is true to prevent them from disregarding our by-laws, criminal and civil laws, that could be the only real thing we can rely on. ‘
Extreme crime can affect the city’s economy, which depends on tourists flocking to the city’s French Quarter and a festive spectacle.
New Orleans officers have deployed some officers on 12-hour shifts in the summer months and the department will bring state police to assist in high-crime areas under a program dubbed Operation Golden Eagle.
Just on Wednesday, at 10.30pm a 16-year-old boy became another victim of murder and a 17-year-old girl was injured in the Algiers section of the city.
The city was devastated in March when a 73-year-old woman, Linda Frickey, 73, had her arm amputated when she was strapped to her seatbelt and dragged to death during a carjacking.
In May, 80-year-old Augustine Greenwood was returning to her car after attending a granddaughter’s high school graduation ceremony when she was shot and killed.
Two others were also killed during the afternoon shooting.
‘I think [this is] it is only the third or fourth time since the late 90s that we have had more than 90 murders by April, ‘Jeff Asher, who runs New Orleans’ public safety consulting firm, AH Datalytics, said. ‘If you think, in the whole of 2019, we had 121 murders. So it is clear that we have seen this huge increase in killings, which started in mid-2020.’
NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson acknowledged that public outcry over violent crime has been reduced.
Greenwood (left) was attending his grandson’s high school graduation (right), which took place at Xavier University Convocation Center in New Orleans, when he was shot and killed.
New Orleans is not the only city seeking military assistance.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said Monday he would send National Guard to Chicago to put an end to violence.
“I never hesitated when I was asked by local law enforcement, when I was asked by the local mayor to provide assistance from the National Guard,” Pritzker said Monday. ‘I’ve done it several times… We’ll call them whenever they need to.’
Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown threw cold water over the idea, however, saying they were incapable of enforcing local laws.
“There are very few uses for National Guard,” he said. ‘A word to the wise. I would say to those who are trying to satisfy the National Guard in the role of the police, they are not under the control of the police in order to enforce government or municipal laws. They could not, for example, prevent people from owning drugs or guns. ‘
He said the army could be used for the crowd with traffic control and security equipment.