crime opinion politics

Viewpoint: State Police presence is only a Band-Aid to cover the city’s real crime problem

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Operation Golden Eagle, the new collaborative partnership between the Louisiana State Police and the New Orleans Police Department, began Tuesday (June 1). Though Mayor LaToya Cantrell is unable to quantify exactly how many state troopers are participating, both she and NOPD Superintendent Shaun D. Ferguson are quick to note that Read More…

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Police blotter: Shooting at Orleans and Broad, carjacking on Norman Francis Parkway

A shooting and a carjacking were reported near Mid-City neighborhoods on Wednesday (May 26). At around 4 p.m., NOPD First District officers arrived at Orleans Avenue and North Broad Street to investigate a report of shots fired. They learned that a man had opened fire during an attempted auto theft. The gunman had fled the Read More…

crime opinion politics

Viewpoint: Police reforms and crime dominate upcoming mayoral races across U.S.

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist In New York, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit and even Jackson, Mississippi, crime and police reform have emerged as the go-to issues in the many 2021 races for mayor across the U.S. As New Orleans’ crime rate continues to escalate and the federal consent decree lingers on, it’s expected that the Read More…

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‘We’re being slammed with violent crime,’ NOPD commander says

Capt. LeJon Roberts, commander of the NOPD’s First District, addressed the dramatic uptick in crime over the past year at the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association general meeting on Tuesday (May 4).  The greatest increase has been in violent crime, including shootings, homicides, sexual assaults and robberies. The First District, which comprises Faubourg St. John, Read More…