Sunday, May 28, 2006

"Mayor" Nagin -- LEAD!!!

Give us a plan this week addressing what you're going to do about the increasing crime problem in New Orleans. We need a prime-time press conference, with a Q&A to follow. We need you to stay on script, and we need you to leave the Mr. Cool clown routine in the closet.

Time Magazine:

It struck me as self-aggrandizing to compare New Orleans with Iraq. But I would hear the analogy again and again as I talked with people who had spent years fighting and losing the battle against violent crime in New Orleans. The U.S. Attorney talked about the need to win citizens' hearts and minds. An FBI agent compared the city's gangs to a jihadist movement: small, loosely organized and hard to track.

Most people who study crime in New Orleans see it in the context of a panorama of failures: the broken school system, an economy that hasn't adapted to modernity and shamefully easy access to guns. But the factor that may be unique to New Orleans is a justice system that has lost all credibility.

Even one murder should be vilified, but the per capita stats don't look good either:
So far, 33 people have been murdered this year--almost half of them in the month of April alone. A man assaulted two women in a bar in the French Quarter last week, and then shot and killed a man who came to their aid, police say. Today there are far fewer people in New Orleans and thus fewer dead bodies. But the number that matters most is the per capita figure. If this rate of killing continues, New Orleans will have an annual crime rate of roughly 45 murders per 100,000 people. (By comparison, New York City's murder rate last year was 7.)

One significant weak link in the system:
From 2003 to 2004, Elloie, one of 12 judges, was responsible for 83% of cases in which a suspect was released after a bail reduction, according to a Metropolitan Crime Commission study. Since Katrina, Elloie has issued either no bail or low bail in at least four cases involving assault rifles, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.


At 5/30/2006 09:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, lets all stop waiting for the mayor, Eddie Jordan, and the U.S. District Attorneys office to do something about Elloie. Criminals are returning here cause they're finally figuring out that in ATL or HOU they get arrested and STAY IN JAIL. This doesn't happen here, and 83% of the time it's due to Elloie. Lets get off our computers and start a movement to REMOVE this idiot now. Pontificating on the mayors inadequacies wont get this done. Grassroots movements have taken hold here.. look at the levee board changes and the "women of the storm"!!

At 5/30/2006 10:02:00 AM, Anonymous Sophmom said...

It struck me, reading the T-P over the weekend, just how much violent crime was in the headlines. I would know about his because I live in Atlanta and somebody gets shot here every freakin' night!

It sounds like you have hit a nail on its head here. Ought to be able to do something about that one judge. *sigh*


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