Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans is refuting Donald Trump’s claims that American cities are falling apart, telling C-SPAN that is simply not the case, just hours before a mother and son were murdered in New Orleans East.
Landrieu, who is mayor of one of the most dangerous cities in the country, said cities are doing quite well, despite his city’s above-average crime rate, while in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to nominate Hillary Clinton for president.
“Generally speaking, in historically, cities are in better shape today than they have been in a long, long time.”
“Donald Trump said something that was just completely untrue the other night,” Landrieu said as he then explained how cities are growing larger than ever, producing jobs and leading the fields of innovation.
Landrieu said many Americans are moving back into the cities, the opposite of what occurred in the late 1960’s through the early 1980’s, where a massive fleet took place.
Hours after Landrieu made the statement, a mother and son were murdered in New Orleans East, the city’s most dangerous area for drugs, guns and crime.
Debra Burgess, 59 and her son Freddie Burgess, 44 were both killed by gunshot wounds in their home, with son’s three children in the home at the time of the shooting, according to WWL-TV.
At the 7100 block Edgefield Drive on Tuesday night, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were called to the home, where neighbors told investigators they heard 8-9 gunshots.
Neighbors also said they heard a car speed off right after the shooting. One neighbor explained the shooting as a larger problem for the New Orleans area, where she said that there is “little compassion” for human life.