Following a petition circulated by anti-crime and victim support group Silence Is Violence that called for Mayor Mitch Landrieu to fire New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas, Landrieu issued the following statement last night — with no mention of the petition, or Silence Is Violence:
We’ve been informed by the Inspector General that he has conducted a thorough investigation and found no wrongdoing by Chief Serpas. The Inspector General also reported that the Chief has been incredibly cooperative and helpful in this and other reviews of the NOPD by the Office of the Inspector General. Together, with the Department of Justice, we will restore public confidence and trust in the department and make the streets of New Orleans safer for all of our citizens.
Tamara Jackson, Silence Is Violence director of victim and community outreach, told Gambit yesterday that the group is "the voice of the community. We just ask that people sign on, and their voices will be heard through their signatures. We're asking Mitch to fulfill his promise."