New Orleans is in Denial of their VIOLENT THUG PEOBLEM!

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Slidell, LA

#1 Feb 11, 2013

by blah114 Written Feb 8, 2013 1 reviews
Visit New Orleans. It is a great city. However, the residents and many tourists, even herein, are either ignorant of what's going on within the city, or simply had different experiences than me. I will return to New Orleans, but I will continue to carry a stun baton or weapon. New Orleans now has the highest per capita murder rate in the country. Most of the killings are concentrated in the city's poorest neighborhoods places like Central City, just a few blocks north of the stately mansions that line St. Charles Avenue, but not all (source: NPR). You can all go off and try to convince me otherwise. I have never had any problems in this city, but I have SEEN numerous issues, even within the tourist areas. First, I know a doctor whom jogged at 8 am in the French quarter. As he was jogging down Esplanade (some might argue this is not the French quarter--but it's by loads of hotels and restaurants), someone bumped him, punched him.. he awoke later amidst concerned residents. He'd been beaten and had his money stolen (not wallet, just small bills, which he was carrying at the time). When I was last there, I saw a lady outside Monteleone (hotel) get run into by a guy on bike, whom was fleeing a pick pocket crime. she had her back broken as it turns out--we stayed behind to help as the criminal flashed his knife at people and then rode off-8 PM FRI evening that night 2011. During that same trip, I witnessed a man grab a woman's purse on Bourbon street 1 PM on a Saturday and run away. The crowd did nothing to do stop the man--he got away. During that same trip, another evening MON 5 PM outside a fire station in the Marigny area, we saw a brawl between tourists and what appeared to be a homeless man.. the firemen came outside and the homeless man ran away--he was trying to rob the couple--the husband was bleeding, but seemed okay, if not shaken. During that same 2011 trip, I had numerous people approaching me for money, cigarettes, commenting on my shoes (oh my! just kidding). One guy threatened to knock me out for my watch--this occurred outside an AT&T Wireless store on Canal Street. Crime happens everywhere. I have visited this city 7 times and never had seen as much crime as this last 2011 visit. 2012 might be better, but I don't care or know. When we talked to our hotel concierge, he commented that a couple had just been robbed the day earlier by Ursuline Academy, outside Jackson Square--at gunpoint no less. What's funny is the residents of new Orleans are in complete denial there is a problem--my friends whom live there are so defensive when I ask them about crime. All you have to do is Google the stats. New Orleans has amongst the highest crime rate in the United States. Eric Holder, Attorney General,(at the request of the NOLA mayor) has personally taken an interest in training NOLA's corrupt and incompetent (perhaps outmanned) police force. That's quite serious. I would visit New Orleans in a heartbeat and love the city. It's a shame the residents and people herein spend so much time defending it instead of demanding better behavior or action from their police. They need to have more police presence. For every time I hear someone saying, "I went there and had no problems" I think "you were lucky.." and I am happy nothing bad happens to most people there. After seeing what I've seen, however, I would never visit NOLA unarmed or at least with a stun baton/Taser. The residents and politicians have allowed this great city to denigrate into a crime ridden tourist trap is a disgrace. I am quite sure people will respond with "I saw nothing, etc." to them, I say, "congratulations.." or "it's all relative.." yes, but to deny it's occurring is a different story altogether (which is what the residents do).


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