Since the federal Department of Justice enacted a sweeping blueprint for reforming the troubled New Orleans Police Department nearly four years ago, dozens of new policies have been implemented, new officers are being trained on them, and the rights of all residents now have better protection as a result, department officials said Thursday night.
Now that Sheriff Marlin Gusman has acknowledged that he must cede day-to-day jail operations to a government-approved independent compliance director, how will the millions in reforms be paid for? The new expenses include the compliance director’s salary and benefits, other costs for new staff he or she will bring in as well as the new dollars needed to reach the federal government’s consent decree goals. It will be pricey for sure because the task is so large.
Members of the Coliseum Square Association floated the idea of adding a private patrol in the Lower Garden District on Monday night – a suggestion that was met with both strong support and staunch opposition from residents.
After a vehicle break-in on Jena Street this weekend, two suspects were caught on surveillance camera, and New Orleans police have released their photo in hopes that the public can help identify them.
Coroner arrived on scene. Man who died's name hasn't been released yet pic.twitter.com/M1sozWnvwX
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A man with mobility issues was killed by an overnight fire in a home in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, New Orleans firefighters said Thursday morning.
A man was injured in a shooting Wednesday morning on LaSalle Street just off Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans police said, and neighbors say a homeowner shot him while he was trying to break into the house.
After an armed robbery spree last week began in the Carrollton area and moved through Mid-City and downtown before ending in a crash in Gentilly, New Orleans police detectives say their investigation has widened to dozens of armed robbery cases in and around the city.
The reward for information in the fatal shooting May 7 of a Tulane graduate has been raised to $30,000 as his family members plead with the city of New Orleans to deliver the answers to the questions that keep them up at night a month after his death.
A 60-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday morning inside a home on Colapissa Street in Hollygrove, New Orleans police said.
Following four similar cases on Wednesday afternoon, a spree of robberies across Uptown New Orleans continued Thursday with as many as four more robberies in the morning and afternoon all involving a silver car, witnesses and police said.
Meanwhile, investigators made a firearms arrest Thursday morning in a section of Carrollton that has also seen ongoing violence in recent days, though whether the suspect is connected to any previous shootings or robberies remains under investigation.
A rash of at least five robbery incidents — one in Broadmoor, two in Carrollton and one near St. Charles Avenue — were reported in the span of a few hours Wednesday evening, New Orleans police said.