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Under a new initiative announced this week by the New Orleans Police Department, private residences will also become the home of massive orange stickers that’ll alert neighbors, “Hey, don’t worry. There might be drugs here.”
New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas revealed to the media this week that the NOPD will soon be responding to allegations of drug activity with a campaign that some feel will create more problems than it could solve. Acting on citizen tips provided to the New Orleans Crimestroppers Inc website, the NOPD will now descend on homes alleged to engage in drug activi
Less than a day after initiating a policy of putting signs on houses investigated for drugs as a result of a Crimestoppers tip, Superintendent Ronal Serpas of the New Orleans police canceled it Wednesday. The signs read in part, “N.O.P.D. has served a narcotic-related warrant or checked this residence as a result of a Crimestoppers hotline citizen’s tip.” The bright orange stickers were to be put on homes under investigation and singled out through anonymous tips. They were to go up after officers executed a warrant at a property, regardless of whether drugs were found or arrests made. Critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that they might target innocent people.
Originally posted by WhoDat09
This has been canceled, they decided it wasn't such a good idea after all!
NOPD Rescinds Decision On Placarding Strategy
The stickers can be removed at "any time by anyone," according to NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden, and the glue used in the stickers is "said to cause no damage to property."
Esman countered: "If anyone can take it off at any time, then what's the point? Why should taxpayers' money be spent on something that can just be peeled off right away."