OK so this past weekend 10 people were shot in New Orleans, one of them a nine year old and the other a little not even 2 year old girl who later
died. The NO murder rate is 10 times the national average! There were 51 homicides per 100,000 residents here last year, compared with less than 7 per
100,000 in New York or 23 in similar-size Oakland, Calif.
“From September of last year to February of this year,a student attending John McDonogh was more likely to be killed than a soldier in
Afghanistan.” Is what NO mayor said recently.
This story is sad, it's right before Christmas and now this mother has to bury her baby, and it happened just days before the little girl was going
to turn 2.
The girl was playing in the courtyard of her public housing complex, when someone drove by trying to shoot a 19 year old and they got
her instead, the 19 year old was hit also, but he lived.
Today they held a vigil for the little girl, and her mom made a plea for anyone who saw anything to come forward and tell them police. I don't think
this is going to happen. I know there were people who saw what happened to this little girl, know who did it and are planning on "street"
Here is the little girl that was killed when she was shot in the head
First of all I think people need to realize that street justice isn't going to work. It's a never ending cycle, you shoot someone, then someone they
know shoots you, they have someone they know shoot someone you love etc etc etc....
People in New Orleans have always been afraid to talk to the cops, they think of the cops as their enemy. I grew up in a bad area of NO, and know all
too well how locals think about the cops. I know many here do also and I don't blame you. I have seen the videos of police brutality, I know there
are bad cops out there, especially in NO.
I'd like to know what happened to getting mad at someone then going outside and beating them up real good, throw a few punches, and it's over with,
nowadays people bring guns with them and they don't like you they shoot you!
Every day another mother or father or grandparent has to go through this grieving and burying their child I think is needless and stupid! The only
time people want to do anything about it is when a child is hurt or murdered. I think it's great people are calling an end to violence but it's not
going to stop, not unless people who saw something speak up.
I don't know what the answer is, I know it's not going to change. What do you ATS think could be done to stop this? People around here are calling
for Marshal Law!! They are saying they want the National Guard back protecting them!!
Here are some links about the little girl that was murdered, may she RIP, and some other links about crime in NO:
The New Orleans murder rate can't be downplayed: Jarvis DeBerry
New Orleans Struggles to Stem Homicides
10 people shot in New Orleans in violent weekend
Vigil Held For Toddler Killed In Central City Shooting