Danatus King Sr., president of the NAACP New Orleans Branch, will run for mayor against Mitch Landrieu next year, saying he questions the city's strategy on major issues such as police reform, recreation and economic opportunity.
"I don't know if anyone else has stepped forward, but I am definitely running," King said.
King has been critical of the administration on a number of its top initiatives, and those same concerns are prompting him to run, he said.
On the same day Landrieu announced a budget that included no specific line-item funding for the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office consent decree, King said he was frustrated by the time and money the mayor has spent fighting the federal order — especially after Landrieu said he invited the U.S. Department of Justice to New Orleans in the first place. Both the New Orleans Police Department and Sheriff's Office consent decrees should be fully funded, King said.
"Now you're paying attorneys to fight what you've already agreed to," King said. "Either you spend the money implementing both decrees, or you spend the money fighting them and spend the money paying judgments against us because of the improper police actions or improper actions occurring inside the jail."
— ROBERT MORRIS | UPTOWN MESSENGER