Louisiana Resident

Drop the city's crime rate to zero? For 2 hours, perhaps... while the winds blew. While the media sensationalized things that didn't really happen I've heard the first person accounts from rescue workers, police officers, doctors who stayed behind in hospitals, people who were stuck there in houses and apartments... a local celebrity has been doing shocking television spots in an attempt to have other women who were raped like she was in the days after the hurricane to get therapy. There were groups of cops who turned into petty criminals and looters, and threatened hotel staffers who noticed what they were up to... do some research. New Orleans, today, is positively frightening as far as crime goes, and it was that way immediately after it was reopened (the National Guard was even redeployed at one point, because random robberies and murders were so out of control). I've been relieved to see national news stories that tell the truth these last few days, as opposed to the "cover-up for the sake of tourism" stuff that's been the norm. New Orleans is still a disaster zone.

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Drew

Notice the word "temporarily".

Louisiana Resident

I think they actual key word is "official." If a body falls in the middle of a deserted city, does it make a sound?

Dr. Troy Camplin

Of course the crime rate dropped -- the first people to evacuate were government officials. And still, no one has bothered to investigate where the money went that was supposed to be available for the buses to evacuate the city. Nobody has bothered to look into the fact that much of the disaster in Louisiana was due to the fact that LA politicians are the most corrupt in the U.S., and have been for a long time. (Remember "All the King's Men"?)

Alex H

Crime rate dropped to zero? Haha. I agree with Dr. TC; if everyone were evacuated, who would be there to take the call of someone reporting a crime? I'm sure the cops high tailed it out as well

Louisiana Resident

Drop the city's crime rate to zero? For 2 hours, perhaps... while the winds blew. While the media sensationalized things that didn't really happen I've heard the first person accounts from rescue workers, police officers, doctors who stayed behind in hospitals, people who were stuck there in houses and apartments... a local celebrity has been doing shocking television spots in an attempt to have other women who were raped like she was in the days after the hurricane to get therapy. There were groups of cops who turned into petty criminals and looters, and threatened hotel staffers who noticed what they were up to... do some research. New Orleans, today, is positively frightening as far as crime goes, and it was that way immediately after it was reopened (the National Guard was even redeployed at one point, because random robberies and murders were so out of control). I've been relieved to see national news stories that tell the truth these last few days, as opposed to the "cover-up for the sake of tourism" stuff that's been the norm. New Orleans is still a disaster zone.

Read more...

Drew

Notice the word "temporarily".

Louisiana Resident

I think they actual key word is "official." If a body falls in the middle of a deserted city, does it make a sound?

Dr. Troy Camplin

Of course the crime rate dropped -- the first people to evacuate were government officials. And still, no one has bothered to investigate where the money went that was supposed to be available for the buses to evacuate the city. Nobody has bothered to look into the fact that much of the disaster in Louisiana was due to the fact that LA politicians are the most corrupt in the U.S., and have been for a long time. (Remember "All the King's Men"?)

Alex H

Crime rate dropped to zero? Haha. I agree with Dr. TC; if everyone were evacuated, who would be there to take the call of someone reporting a crime? I'm sure the cops high tailed it out as well