In a press conference following the Bourbon Street shooting, which sent 10 victims to the hospital, Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu, a democrat, said the federal government should essentially intervene in the Big Easy’s crime epidemic, asking that Gov. Bobby Jindal, lawmakers and congressional delegation support him.
While plugging his push for city voters to approve a motel/hotel tax hike that will help fund the New Orleans police force, Landrieu said he sent a letter to President Obama asking him to make sure the federal government gets “back in the business of fighting crime.”
Landrieu also said he has asked that Jindal send at least 100 State Troopers to New Orleans to patrol the city permanently. And further, Landrieu said the federal government has spent millions of dollars creating police in foreign countries, but has left American cities in the dark, requesting that the federal government switch back to COPS program which would fund local police forces.
And Landrieu went on to say that the federal government has been absent in New Orleans’ fight against crime. Bottom line, Landrieu wants the federal government involved in city-wide crime, specifically in crime-ridden areas like New Orleans or even Chicago.
As for the shooting, Chief of Police Ronal Serpas said police believe there were two guns and two shooters involved in the incident. Also, Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 simply for the gun used in the crime and $5,000 for information that could lead to arrests. For each shooter, Crime Stoppers is offering $2,500.