A year ago today we marched against crime in New Orleans, mourning the deaths of community stars like Dinerral Shavers and Helen Hill. Mostly we marched against The Trifling Triumvirate of Mayor Ray Nagin, Police Chief Warren Riley and then D.A. Eddie Jordan and their ineffectual “battle” against the rise of crime in a drastically depopulated post-Katrina New Orleans.
Eddie Jordan is gone, but we haven’t heard much about the state of the DA’s office since Keva Landrum took over. The mayor’s pledges are useless. Warren Riley looks cheerful and nice in his TV spots. According to his office, there have been fewer 701 releases between the time Landrum took over and now, but that doesn’t say anything about his responsibilities, accomplishments and the fact that NOPD recently “accidentally released” a high-profile armed robbery suspect.
How long will we sit on our hands until we take the flambeaux and pitchforks to City Hall? Until the next Big Murder happens? The truth is New Orleans suffers from a fatigue so deep, I’m surprised she has the energy to make it to the end of the day. We are too worn out from fighting the little battles of daily life that all-out war seems like too much work, not a necessary responsibility. This is precisely why crooked politicians and crime march on in this city even when we cannot any more.
Someone, anyone, prove me wrong.
Was the march worth it? What did it achieve? What more can we do to reduce crime in this city and keep our surroundings safer? These are not sarcastic queries, but those fraught with frustration that NOTHING has happened or changed since our march. Feel free to tell me what it positively accomplished in our community, neighborhoods and lives beyond that day last year.