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His city under siege by a crime wave that killed nine so far this year, Mayor Ray Nagin said police will set up checkpoints in early-morning hours when about one-third of the city's violent crime occurs.
He stopped just short of imposing a curfew on New Orleans.
The checkpoints would target drug and alcohol violations as well as drivers without insurance.
She said the security plan unveiled by Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Chief Warren Riley on Tuesday was solid.
New Orleans is thought to have less than half its pre-Hurricane Katrina population of almost 455,000.
Meanwhile, in suburban Jefferson Parish, Sheriff Harry Lee said that high-tech equipment such as armored patrol vehicles, as well as additional patrols, have helped slow killings there.
We waited until we had enough force in place to do an overwhelming force. Went in with police powers, 1,000 National Guard military policemen under the command and control of the adjutant general of the State of Louisiana, Major General Landreneau, yesterday shortly after noon stormed the convention center, for lack of a better term, and there was absolutely no opposition, complete cooperation, and we attribute that to an excellent plan, superbly executed with great military precision. It was rather complex. It was executed absolutely flawlessly in that there was no violent resistance, no one injured, no one shot, even though there were stabbed, even though there were weapons in the area. There were no soldiers injured and we did not have to fire a shot.
Some people asked why didn't we go in sooner. Had we gone in with less force it may have been challenged, innocents may have been caught in a fight between the Guard military police and those who did not want to be processed or apprehended, and we would put innocents' lives at risk. As soon as we could mass the appropriate force, which we flew in from all over the states at the rate of 1,400 a day, they were immediately moved off the tail gates of C-130 aircraft flown by the Air National Guard, moved right to the scene, briefed, rehearsed, and then they went in and took this convention center down.
Those that were undesirable to re-enter the convention center were segregated from the people that we wanted to provide water, shelter and food. Those people were processed to make sure they had no weapons, no illicit dugs, no alcohol, no contraband, and then they were escorted back into the building. Now there's a controlled safe and secure environment and a shelter and a haven as they await movement out of that center for onward integration to their normal lives.
We waited late into the night for the "imminent" arrival of the buses. The
buses never arrived. We later learned that the minute the arrived to the City
limits, they were commandeered by the military.
Unfortunately, our sinking feeling (along with the sinking City) was correct.
Just as dusk set in, a Gretna Sheriff showed up, jumped out of his patrol
vehicle, aimed his gun at our faces, screaming, "Get off the #ing freeway".
A helicopter arrived and used the wind from its blades to blow away our flimsy
structures. As we retreated, the sheriff loaded up his truck with our food
Once again, at gunpoint, we were forced off the freeway. All the law
enforcement agencies appeared threatened when we congregated or congealed into groups of 20 or more. In every congregation of "victims" they saw "mob" or "riot".
We felt safety in numbers. Our "we must stay together" was impossible because
the agencies would force us into small atomized groups.
In the pandemonium of having our camp raided and destroyed, we scattered once
again. Reduced to a small group of 8 people, in the dark, we sought refuge
in an abandoned school bus, under the freeway on Cilo Street. We were hiding
from possible criminal elements but equally and definitely, we were hiding from
the police and sheriffs with their martial law, curfew and shoot-to-kill
Originally posted by niteboy82
How foreign would it seem to the rest of the U.S. to drive to your local Home Depot, and have a police checkpoint at the front, with high fences surrounding the area? Like this:
Originally posted by marg6043
Yes I have witness this with my own eyes.
The federal initiative will double the number of agents assigned to New Orleans and will expand their involvement. FBI agents will go on patrol with police officers and will knock on doors to try to create relationships with residents. DEA agents won't be limited to drug arrests but are being given the power to work all kinds of crimes.
Originally posted by VitcholoSo is it still near martial law in NO?
Is a curfew in effect? Do you have more pictures? Thanks!
Originally posted by akdivine
How come the rest of the country doesnt hear about this? For real!!! I am in the great lakes and had no idea the NG is still around NO, and that the jack booted thugs are running around in tanks.
Originally posted by curiousoutherngal 70% of the metro area murders are now happening in our location. I'm sure you can figure out where that is. What do you think they should do to curb crime? I really don't know anymore.
Originally posted by curiousoutherngal
Oh no, Akdivine
We don't have tanks all over town!