Much of the nation’s attention has been focused on the number of shootings in Chicago, but there’s another U.S. city that has more than three times as many murders per resident that we have heard nothing about in recent months.
As of September 11, New Orleans has overtaken St. Louis as the murder capital of the nation with 52 murders per 100,o00 residents.
St. Louis had 45 murders per 100,000 residents as of September 17, while Chicago stood at 18 per 100,000. New York City’s is only 3.5 murders per 100,000, despite similar increases.
New Orleans’s murder rate skyrocketed 141% over the last several years to catapult it to the top position.
A police consultant recommended that police presence be concentrated on patrol duty as a way to save the city.
The city hired former head of the New York City Police Department’s patrol division, Fausto Pichardo, to figure out how to fight the increases in violent crime.
He recommended shifting 212 police officers to patrol duty.
“Action must be taken now if there is ever a chance to save the city and bring the reputation of being a city where tourists can come to party and celebrate and not become victims,” Pichardo wrote in a draft report obtained by Fox 8 News.
Doing what needs to be done
“The residents of New Orleans … also need and deserve to have a police force that can make them feel safe and be there for them every time they call 911,” he continued.
The police department, which is not obligated to act on his report, said through a spokesman that some officers would be reassigned, but probably not 212.
“We have to consider whether or not we can respond to calls for service for people who call the police, whether we can get there in a reasonable time and give them the attention they deserve,” Capt. Mike Glasser said of the move.
“Everybody’s going to have to chip in, including command staff level rank,” he added. “I’m going to have to go back on the street as a field supervisor, and I should. That’s what we need to do.”