Today I sent a letter to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu calling on him to reply to his letters with a written action plan for the crime crisis in New Orleans. This is the third letter I have sent to Landrieu, urging him to focus on murders, not monuments.
A copy of my letter from today is below.
September 11, 2015
The Honorable Mitch Landrieu
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
I write again regarding the out-of-control crime situation in New Orleans and your focus on less serious and more divisive matters instead. You have never replied to me; I specifically request a written reply.
Every week, the bad news continues. As I noted in my last letter, on September 4th, Lester Johnson was gunned down and murdered in his driveway in New Orleans East. On August 20th, two masked gunmen burst into a busy New Orleans restaurant at dinnertime and robbed everyone at gunpoint, making them lay face down on the floor. Wednesday, an elderly couple in Lakeview had their home raided WHEN THEY WERE HOME and were robbed at gunpoint.
Thank God no one was killed in the latter two incidents. But others haven’t been so lucky. The New Orleans murder count is 123 so far this year, up 30% from the same period last year.
What is your action plan to address this crisis? Specifically, will you support a whole new State Police troop in New Orleans to have a super-visible presence in areas like the French Quarter, and will you help identify local revenue and tourism industry pledges to pay for this? Will you support a major role for the State Police to help train and increase the professionalism of NOPD?
Finally, will you please show a real and public focus on this crime crisis versus the monuments non-issue?
I look forward to your constructive written response.