With a series of high-profile armed robberies stoking residents’ fears about crime in Uptown New Orleans, City Council members have called on Police Superintendent Michael Harrison to explain to them Friday how his department is responding.
“The citizens of New Orleans have been clear. They want to know what the mayor, the council and the New Orleans Police Department are doing about the disturbing recent crime reports in New Orleans,” Councilwoman Susan Guidry, who chairs the council’s Criminal Justice Committee, said in a news release.
“With this meeting, we intend to do just that. The people of New Orleans need to know that their elected officials and Police Department are taking this threat seriously, and that we are working tirelessly to ensure the safety of our citizens.”
The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Friday in the council chamber at City Hall, 1300 Perdido St.
Guidry said earlier this week that she has been deluged with calls and emails from scared residents.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called for federal assistance in prosecuting the crimes, which he suggested were linked and part of a “conspiracy.”
Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell also weighed in last week, saying, “The truth is, right now, there is not a single time or place that is safe, and we cannot remember the last violence-free day in our communities. We are failing as a city to defend and protect our citizens.”