WWL-TV report: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he warned former Police Chief Ronal Serpas about funding problems that led to manpower crisis _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Chief Michael Harrison held a press conference on the shooting at the Muses parade Thursday night.

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In light of emails from former Police Chief Ronal Serpas expressing dire warnings about an erosion in NOPD manpower, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said that the crisis came amid a cascade of competing budget wildfires that left him largely handcuffed.

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with WWL-TV, Landrieu defended his decisions to override then-Superintendent Serpas and maintain an NOPD hiring freeze, portraying a city on the brink of bankruptcy.

"We found ourselves on an emergency room table gasping for breath," Landrieu said in the interview.

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