NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said he was encouraged by the violent crime trend in the city.
At a press conference on Wednesday (February 1), Mayor Cantrell noted a decline in armed robberies, carjackings and murders compared to January last year. She says it’s a sign that things are going in the right direction.
There have been 25 murders, 20 carjackings and 45 robberies since the start of the new year, according to the Metropolitan Crime Commission.
Still, car thefts are occurring at an alarming rate.
162 cars were stolen last week, compared with 64 during the same period last year, according to data provided by the New Orleans Police Department.
“The Superintendent has a vehicle strategy and that is one reason we are starting to see a pivot in the right direction. We can, but we’re also talking about auto thefts in the city of New Orleans,” said Mayor Latoya Cantrell.
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Mayor Cantrell said the city is dealing with a serious drug problem, especially fentanyl.
The two NOPD officers who were arrested were exposed to drugs and had to be administered Narcan during testing.
“Two of our cops were answering the phone and it was actually a bag. Of course we made sure they made a full recovery and we made sure it happened, but where is this in our whole community, our whole city and it’s I have to say it gave me a laser focus on how it affects our people,” says Mayor Cantrell.
The mayor said the city is now educating all public sectors, including law enforcement, on how to manage Narkan in an emergency.
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