As of 9/11, New Orleans had the highest murder rate in the United States, with 41 people killed per 100,000.
In the first three quarters of 2022, New Orleans had 205 reported murders, 160 of which were fatal shootings. That’s a 141% year-over-year increase, according to the nonprofit Metropolitan Crime Commission.
Carjackings are up 14% year over year, while armed robberies are up 42% in New Orleans from 2021.
The police department is stretched, with an average 911 response taking two and a half hours, according to the Wall Street Journal.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson told the Wall Street Journal that “criminals are bolder and more brazen. They do not believe that they will suffer the consequences of their actions.
Police recruiting and operations are hampered by a lingering 2013 consent order that gives a judge and outside monitors oversight of the New Orleans Police Department.
New Orleans Democratic Mayor LaToya Cantrell called for an end to oversight in August, saying “the consent decree cuffs our officers by making their jobs harder, harassing them with punitive penalties, and burying it with paperwork that is overload,” according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Current Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Landry also weighed in, saying federal oversight is “a major impediment to state and local collaboration in addressing critical threats to the public” with a “standard arbitrary and unrealistic,” according to New Orleans. Timetable-Picayune
Some business owners are leaving town due to the spike in crime.
“I can’t put a 16-year-old kid on the register and he’s going to get two in his head,” restaurateur Michael Casey told the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Casey has since left the city for the suburbs.
Auto shop owner Ibrahim Rabee told the publication of the incidents near his shop; gunmen threatening employees and threatening to shoot the store, and several murders within a few blocks.
“I don’t think I’m going to work another year here,” Mr. Rabee told the Wall Street Journal.