Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s legacy is becoming abundantly clear. He’s obsessed with rewriting history while some of the city’s neighborhoods are so violent they resemble war zones. New Orleans, once known as the city that care forget is now famous for having more murders per capita than Chicago.
And now a report released this week by the Metropolitan Crime Commission reveals just how bad things are. The scathing report makes it abundantly clear Mayor Mitch Landrieu is directly to blame for the increase in New Orleans violence.
Just how bad have things gotten under Landrieu? Calls for service to the NOPD for violent crimes increased 33% from 2013 to 2016. Yet during that same time period arrests fell sharply by 44 percent.
Violent crime is up a third in the past three years while arrests are down almost by half under Landrieu and he has the audacity to lecture us on our city’s less than stellar past. How about our city’s less than stellar present?
The report says the mayor’s decision in 2010 to freeze police hiring for years created the critical NOPD manpower shortage that continues lead to the increase in violence. More bad guys on the street means more people dead.
In light of the highly critical report the visual of NOPD snipers on rooftops while the mayor rewrites history by removing monuments speaks volumes. It’s also very telling the same night the mayor took down the Liberty monument five people were shot in five different incidents in the city. Two of the shooting victims died.
The number one job of government should be to protect its citizens. Rewriting history should be way down on the priority list.
Bottom line under Mr. Landrieu’s leadership New Orleans has become a much more dangerous place to live. This is his legacy.
Editor’s Note: A guest post from Dan Fagan, a former television news reporter, journalism professor, newspaper columnist, and radio talk show host. He grew up in New Orleans and currently lives there. You can reach him at [email protected]