Crime

Monday, July 24, 2017

Youth who commit misdemeanors could receive warnings or summonses under proposed ordinance

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 5:45 PM

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New Orleans youth who commit misdemeanor offenses could receive warnings or summonses to appear in court with a guardian, under a proposed ordinance aimed at preventing young people from entering, and often re-entering, the criminal justice system after an arrest.

The ordinance was supported by the New Orleans City Council's Criminal Justice Committee July 24, and it also has the support of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judges and, for the most part, Mayor Mitch Landrieu. It now heads to the full City Council for approval.

Committee chair and District A Councilmember Susan Guidry said "police have no alternative but to handcuff the child [who commits minor offenses]. I mean that is a serious, traumatic event.”

Under the ordinance, youth who have committed a status offense (truancy, running away, displaying "ungovernable behavior") would receive a juvenile warning notice (JWN). Police also would write JWNs or issue summonses for 11 types of misdemeanor crimes — including simple assault and simple possession of marijuana, misdemeanor theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing — at the officers' discretion.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Editorial: Once again, demagogues taking pot shots at New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 4:01 PM

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U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy was in New Orleans this week — not for a town hall or public constituents’ meeting, which he has yet to hold in the state’s largest city since he took office six months ago. No, he was here to talk with WWL-TV about the city’s crime problem, which he once again said could turn New Orleans into “the next Detroit.”

Kennedy previously used the “Detroit” slur in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of FBI Director Christopher Wray. In that hearing, Kennedy also claimed hyperbolically that the Crescent City was becoming “the murder and armed robbery capital of the Western Hemisphere.”

Since Kennedy has been scarce around these parts after moving to Washington D.C., we thought we’d remind him of a few things.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Landrieu fires back at Sen. John Neely Kennedy's criticism of New Orleans' crime rate

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 3:55 PM

U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy.
  • U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy.

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has lately been critical of New Orleans’ crime rate and Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s crimefighting strategy, giving an interview to Fox 8 News and writing a guest column for NOLA.com on the subject. "Crime is stealing the soul of New Orleans," Kennedy wrote. "It's choking the life and livelihood out of it. I used to live in New Orleans, and now I'm a little scared to go for a walk there. Our mayor seems preoccupied with other things and other ambitions,” Among the remedies Kennedy has suggested is implementation of a "stop-question-frisk" policy for the New Orleans Police Department.
Today Landrieu fired back, citing what he saw as the city's accomplishments since he's been in office. "Murder and violent crime rates are down over 60 percent from their historic peak in the 1990s," he said in a statement. "I have been to too many funerals and consoled too many mothers at crime scenes, for a career politician like John Kennedy to pander from the peanut gallery, especially when he can actually do something to help."

(Both Kennedy and Landrieu have been involved in Louisiana politics since the late 1980s.)

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Sen. John Kennedy calling for 'stop and frisk' in New Orleans, FOX 8 reports

Posted By on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Sen. John Neely Kennedy. - CREATIVE COMMONS/TAMMY ANTHONY BAKER
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/TAMMY ANTHONY BAKER
  • Sen. John Neely Kennedy.
In an interview with FOX 8 News today, Sen. John Neely Kennedy said Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) should implement a "stop and frisk" policy in order to combat crime in the city.
"It worked in New York," he said. "It's the only way I know left to get the guns and thugs and dopes off the street. We got young people killing young people and now other citizens, and the reason is they got these guns, and until you get the guns you're not going to stop it. The criticism of it is it's racial profiling. No, not when it's done correctly. When it's done correctly, race has nothing to do with it." 

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mayor Landrieu reflects on 'foundation' and challenge of violent crime

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 10:20 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered his 2017 State of the City at the Civic Theatre July 6.
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered his 2017 State of the City at the Civic Theatre July 6.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu ended his final State of the City address with a familiar phrase, one that he's used at the end of previous State of the City speeches and throughout his terms as mayor of New Orleans; "Let's get back to work."

Each State of the City has revisited the previous year of his administration — highlighting infrastructure investments, crime prevention, recreation, homelessness and affordable housing, among other issues — and glimpsed his platform in the coming months and years ahead.

But for his final State of the City before he leaves office in 2018, Landrieu started from the beginning, then landed squarely at the future as New Orleans prepares to elect his successor.

Landrieu's speech at the Civic Theatre July 6 spanned the disarray and $97 million deficit he inherited in 2010 to the balanced budgets, job programs, hospitals, recreation centers, playgrounds and road projects in the years that followed — as well as the city's two ongoing "existential and immediate threats": climate change and violent crime.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

That stinks: Sweet Crude's tour bus burgled in San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 9:21 PM

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  • Sweet Crude.

Louisiana band Sweet Crude, currently on a summer tour of the West and East Coast, has had their summer become a bummer. According to posts on the band's Facebook page, their tour van was burgled yesterday while the band was taking in a San Francisco Giants game, and members lost laptops, gear, some instruments, prescription medications and all their luggage.

"We are all safe and have our phones and are so glad to be able to do what we do: play music on the road," wrote Sweet Crude member Sam Craft.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Editorial: 'Smart on crime' one of the successes of the 2017 Louisiana legislative session

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 2:41 PM

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  • State Rep. Joe Marino, I-Gretna (right).
The 2017 regular legislative session has been widely — and rightly — criticized for its failure to produce long-term fiscal reform. Yet, despite lawmakers’ failure to work together on fiscal issues, they showed true bipartisanship in succeeding on another, equally important front: criminal justice reform. The long-term impact of that success cannot be overstated.

After decades of pretending to be “tough on crime,” lawmakers finally enacted policies that reflect what enlightened law enforcement leaders have known all along: we cannot jail our way to safety. Spurred by objective data from the Pew Charitable Trust, a yearlong study by the bipartisan Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force, and critical support from conservative as well as progressive voices across the state, lawmakers passed a package of 10 bills that significantly overhaul Louisiana’s sentencing, probation, parole and re-entry laws.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Commentary: Steve Scalise — Out of tragedy, common purpose

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 9:41 AM

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There were many thoughtful statements of sympathy following the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, and four others during a baseball practice in a Virginia park last week. Perhaps none was more thoughtful than that of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot and nearly killed at a constituent event in 2011 (six people died in that attack). “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, nor if you’re a senator or a representative, nor a staffer or a sworn officer,” Giffords wrote. “This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy.”

That didn’t stop many from jumping online and filtering the tragedy through their own ideological lenses — whether it was noting that the shooter had been a volunteer with Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, or trying to make ironic comparisons between Scalise’s hospital stay and his support for President Donald Trump’s attempts to roll back the Affordable Care Act, or Scalise’s pro-gun position and the alleged shooter. All this was being batted around even as Scalise was undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he remained in critical condition at the end of last week.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Landrieu postpones State of the City, says 'senseless violence cannot go unchecked' in wake of Scalise shooting

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 1:10 PM

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.
  • U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu postponed his annual State of the City address this morning following the shooting of Louisiana U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and several Congressional staffers at a baseball field outside Washington D.C.

The speech was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. June 14 at the Civic Theatre. Landrieu will announce a rescheduled date for the address at a later date.

“In times like these, we have to pause and reflect, which is why I postponed the State of the City Address," Landrieu said from City Hall. "I want to ask the people of New Orleans and the country to keep him and the other victims in your thoughts and prayers. I am encouraged by reports that he is in stable condition."
Landrieu and District D City Councilman Jared Brossett both served with Scalise in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Brossett said he's glad the shooting "was not a worse event than it is."

Landrieu called the shooting an "attack on our very democracy" and called for unity "against cowardly violence."

"Unfortunately we have been here before, but it's no less shocking," he said. "This is not a partisan issue ... This senseless violence in America cannot go unchecked."

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Reactions to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 1:07 PM

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip.
  • U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip.

This morning's shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others at a Congressional baseball game in Virginia drew quick responses from Louisiana and national lawmakers, as well as representatives of Republican and Democratic groups:

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy:
As we wait for facts to be learned, Louisiana lifts up in prayer Congressman Steve Scalise and his family. Reports say he is in stable condition. Please continue to keep him and all those injured in your prayers.

U. S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy
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“Steve is a good friend, and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Hating people because you disagree with them is wrong. It is un-Christian, it is un-American, and it has gotten worse. My thoughts right now are with Steve, his family, the aide who was shot, and the Capitol Police officers. It is just a bad day for America.”

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond:
I am saddened by the horrific news from GOP baseball practice. My prayers are with my colleague Congressman Steve Scalise, the Capitol police officers, and staff.

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