Mitch Landrieu: ‘Number One Priority Is To Keep New Orleans Safe’

If crime is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s “number one priority,” he sure does have an odd way of showing it. After the now infamous Bourbon Street shooting, which put 10 victims in the hospital, Landrieu is saying that the New Orleans Police Department will get to the bottom of the matter.

“Our No. 1 priority is to keep New Orleans safe,” Landrieu said in the statement issued through City Hall spokesman Tyler Gamble. “These kinds of incidents will not go unanswered.”

“NOPD was in the immediate vicinity at the time of the incident, and I am confident that between video evidence and eyewitness accounts, we will bring the perpetrators to justice,” Landrieu said. “Our crime fighting efforts have brought murders in the city of New Orleans to an historic nearly 30-year low. But on days like today, the statistics don’t matter because every life is precious — from the 9th Ward to the French Quarter. We will not rest until every corner of this city is safe.”

What Landrieu fails to mention is that NOPD did not release specifics to the public on the shooting until more than a day after it occurred.

The shooting was around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday in the 700 block of Bourbon Street, according to NOPD. However, a whopping 34 hours after the shooting, information from the NOPD about the shooting was still limited. It actually took about 38 hours after the shooting for NOPD to provide a press release to the public with specifics on the shooting.

One question for Landrieu and NOPD, what took so long?

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