Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Louisiana: Physical Attacks on Tourists in New Orleans on the Rise, City Losing Luster as Conference Center

Despite New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) assurances that the Big Easy is a safe city, the reality is that tourists are being physically hurt by locals. On Friday (February 14),   two bicyclists were attacked by baseball bat-wielding black youths on Esplanade Avenue, on the edge of the French Quarter. 
According to The Times-Picayune, as in the case of other recent attacks, the victims were not robbed, only brutally beaten. One of the victims had a jaw fracture; the other suffered a skull fracture. They are both lucky to be alive and could have easily been killed. If apprehended, these criminals should be charged with attempted murder.
COMMENT: The undermanned New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) surprisingly downplayed the attacks, claiming that the assailants, who could easily have killed the tourists, who were using only baseball bats, rather than firearms.

Under Mayor Landrieu and Chief Serpas, the number of police officers has declined from 1600 officers to approximately 1100 officers, with officers continuing to leave NOPD. 

It is unknown as to whether or not the attack was racially-motivated, considering that the ethnicity of the victims were not released. If not, why not?

Unfortunately, some media outlets in New Orleans, out of fear of disrupting New Orleans' reputation as a conference site, apparently refuse to release the race of the criminals involved in the incidents. 

This seemingly is "political correctness" taken to a whole new level, considering journalists are trained to report the facts. Remember, what journalists used to be taught: "What, Who, Where, When, Why and How?"

Without accurate information about who is committing these crimes, the public cannot take effective precautions against crime and cannot provide vital information to police that may be used to apprehend criminals.

According to the below link, tourists in New Orleans, the city has a safety and security level of only "10," which means it is SAFER in 90% of other US cities when compared to New Orleans:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/la/new-orleans/crime

Based on the above link, if you live in Orleans Parish, factored into crimes per 1,000 population, you have a 1 in 123 chance of being a victim of a violent crime and 1 on 26 chance of being the victim of a property crime. Nice, huh?

Each day, increasingly, honest cops leave the NOPD, disgusted with their compensation and the fact that they are forced to live in Orleans Parish where it is next to impossible to raise a family in a safe environment, consider they must leave their families at home when criminals are mostly to strike defenseless families.

Most cops also do not support the crime fighting strategies of Police Chief Ronal Serpas or the type of poor support they receive from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office.
Since Landrieu was re-elected on February 1, fifteen more sworn officers have departed the NOPD, giving law-abiding citizens much more to worry about. 
No matter how you slice it, Chief Serpas and Mayor Landrieu have stood by aimlessly, to see 30% of sworn police officers in New Orleans to elsewhere to police, preferably to departments where they may be better appreciated.