New Orleans’ Landrieu Sets New Anticrime, Police-Fixing Strategy


Taking aim at the toughest challenge of his tenure, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will detail a new strategy to curb the city’s sky-high murder rate and corral the city’s most brutal criminals, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Just past the midpoint of his four-year term, Landrieu will stress in a state of the city speech that despite his progress in correcting bureaucratic dysfunction at City Hall and enticing new businesses to the city, New Orleans will not fully succeed until the killing subsides.

City and federal officials have spent hundreds of hours negotiating a consent decree designed to serve as a blueprint for erasing the notorious corruption underpinning the Police Department. Landrieu is expected to recap his administration’s efforts to thwart violence and improve residents’ quality of life though expanded recreational opportunities, blight-fighting programs, and infrastructure improvements, such as the ongoing push to have every streetlight in the city working by year’s end.

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