This time of the year, we pray for peace and wish for goodwill to all men. But someone should tell the citizens of New Orleans that. Christmas week was not a very peaceful one for the Crescent City.
Three people lost their lives in the past week. In addition, there were numerous incidents of mayhem and foolishness over the week.
Here’s a summary, courtesy of Nola.com:
- A New Orleans East woman was kidnapped and robbed
- Two women were robbed at gunpoint in the Marigny, while two others escaped a robbery attempt in the French Quarter.
- There were six armed robberies and carjackings last Monday in New Orleans.
- An RTA bus was shot on Tuesday, injuring a passenger
- A convicted murderer was arrested after pointing an AK-47 at an NOPD officer
- A man crippled from three other shootings was killed on Wednesday in another shooting in Central City
- Two men were arrested for stealing cash from a Head Start.
- An NOPD homicide detective was arrested for DWI and a hit-and-run
- A man was found shot to death along Chef Menteur Highway
- Wednesday night saw 8 robberies, including one of a pizza delivery driver
- On Christmas Eve, a man was robbed and stabbed in the French Quarter
- Two men were shot, one killed in Algiers on Christmas Eve
- On Christmas Day, a man was stabbed in Uptown
Christmas was anything but peaceful in New Orleans. The city has a problem with crime that its leadership doesn’t take seriously.
In 2017, Mitch Landrieu and the rest of the New Orleans city leadership should actually try to address this problem. If New Orleans continues to be a war zone, tourism will dry up and people will move out of the city. That’s less money for the city and the state as a whole.