Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry dispatched his Violent Crime Task Force to New Orleans, which he declares is “more dangerous than Chicago.” He sent in his special cops out of “respect” for the families who “lost loved ones to this epidemic.” He vows to “continue working with my dedicated team to protect lives and our economy.” The results do not quite match the rhetoric, reports The Advocate. In the last quarter of 2016, Landry’s special cops made just 11 arrests, all for fairly minor offenses. Their only exposure to violent crime came when they shared the credit with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) for nabbing a couple of carjackers and three armed robbers.
Far from acknowledging that the returns for such efforts have been somewhat puny, Landry declares his officers are a godsend for New Orleans. Its regular police department operates under a federal consent decree and is thus in “virtual handcuffs.” Only with his unconstrained intervention, he claims, are we ever “going to take violent criminals off the street.” While Landry’s staffers were making their handful of arrests, NOPD, notwithstanding the rules it is required to observe, logged 5,463. Landry’s task force, which consists of a cadre of his own officers supplemented from the ranks of suburban agencies, was formed to help police the French Quarter around the Fourth of July last year.