Mitch Landrieu Touts Low Murder Rate, Ignores Soaring Violent Crime And Citizen Dissatisfaction With NOPD

In a new report by Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, it is noted extensively how the city’s murder rate has dipped, having a supposed positive effect on business, tourism and sales taxes.

According to the ResultsNOLA report, there were 150 murders in 2014, which Landrieu said was the lowest number of murders since the early 1970’s.

From there, the low murder rate is credited for bringing in more tourists in 2014 than in 2013, businesses thriving and increases in sales tax revenue.

But, though the report outlines the murder rate, homelessness and tourism, it apparently does not make any mention of violent crime, which seems to be soaring under Landrieu, or at least WDSU did not report on it.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has yet to release the fourth quarter crime statistics for rapes, robberies and assaults in the city. These areas are all classified as violent crimes.

However, based on the first three quarters of 2014 alone, the stats surpassed crime stats from the entire year of 2010, which means the city has gotten progressively more dangerous under Landrieu, no matter how low the murder rate is.

In the first three quarters of 2014, there was a 24 percent increase in crimes against people and a 13 percent increase in property crimes.

This is not the first time Landrieu has not addressed the issue of violent crime in New Orleans.

Back in January, Landrieu took to Twitter to tout his success with reducing murder in the city, but again, never mentioned the upswing of violent crime.

Additionally, Landrieu has not addressed a new report which shows that residents and citizens in New Orleans are already more dissatisfied with the job of the NOPD in 2015 than back in 2014.

The report, which surveyed 75 random adults in the city, concludes that only 48 percent of citizens are satisfied with the NOPD, a 12 percent decrease from the 2014 report, where 60 percent of citizens said they were satisfied with law enforcement.

Crime Coalition Chairman Michael Cowan, the group that conducted the survey, has spoken to the Times Picayune about the report, but no comments from Landrieu himself, nor anyone from his administration has spoken about it.



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