A new television series airing on FOX will center around Sidney Torres’ French Quarter patrol units and is bound to have Mayor Mitch Landrieu not-so-happy.
The show will be based on a New York Times piece which profiles Torres’ most recent efforts to organize and deploy a privately-owned and operated police force for New Orleans’ French Quarter.
“The drama is inspired by the article and explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire makes a deal with a bankrupt, dying city to provide a privately owned and operated police force,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Hayride reported extensively on Torres’ efforts to reduce violent crime in the French Quarter, as the billionaire at the time felt as though the Landrieu administration was not doing enough to keep the area safe.
Torres famously pushed back against Landrieu in TV ads showcasing French Quarter shop-owners who had been robbed at gunpoint and become victims of other crimes.
Though Torres began the privately-run French Quarter patrol and the mobile app that is used with it, he recently turned the responsibilities of the patrol task force over to the French Quarter Management District.