LEDE: Liberal politicians and policies are destroying our formerly great cities. And there is no end in sight.
As my wife and I are approaching retirement age, we sometimes contemplate relocating back to our hometown of New Orleans. The Three Fs are a strong draw, Family, Friends, and Food. We’re both lifelong Saints fans, plus cultural events like the Jazz Fest. The city has some incredible museums, one of the greatest zoos in the country, and the Aquarium of the Americas is something to see.
Then we go to visit. That ends that discussion. And crime is the major issue.
As a cop, I’ve looked from time to time on how other agencies are doing, and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has some unbelievable issues. It’s thought NOPD hit rock bottom when one of its cop’s (along with her gang member boyfriend) murdered three people in a restaurant, including a fellow officer. These recent two articles show NOPD still have major issues. This may not be as bad as a cop murdering another cop, but a close second.
New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson called it “disheartening” that a police officer assigned to patrol the French Quarter last weekend notified his supervisor by text message that he was quitting the force and walked off the job.
Superintendent Ferguson said the officer, who had been a member of the police force for three years, was assigned to the Eight District and was supposed to be patrolling the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD) on July 22 when he quit, WVUE reported.
FYI, the Quarter is the largest tourist attraction in the city, it’s where you want a police presence. No tourist, not tourist dollars.
…“He abandoned his post,” he continued. “He just walked out on his brothers and sisters in blue. He abandoned the citizens of New Orleans. He abandoned this department.”
But the 23-year-old former officer that Superintendent Ferguson was talking told WVUE that he disagreed with that assessment.
Now-former New Orleans Police Officer Scott Fanning hit back in an interview and said his decision to leave was one of self-preservation.
“The reason I left is that something just kind of clicked for me, that it was just not worth it,” Fanning explained. “That night I quit, there were over 40 calls holding when I logged into my computer, and there were only 35 patrol officers logged in for all eight districts.”
The former officer said that the night he quit, there were less than three dozen patrol officers working the streets for a city with an estimated population of about 377,000, WVUE reported.
Fanning said the staffing shortage was the last straw and he made the decision that it would be his last night on the job.
“It was kind of sad,” he told WVUE…”
“…But some nights, there has been literally one person,” the now-former officer recalled. “I had worked a day where it was only me who showed up in the whole district…”
…Fanning was one of at least 107 New Orleans police officers who have quit or retired from the department so far this year, WVUE reported…
Superintendent Ferguson, no question, the man abandoned his post, and he has to answer to his now former fellow officers, the citizens of the city, and his conscious. But he is alive to answer to them. That is a serious issue when you are bleeding cops like you are.
In fairness, your agency is not the only department loosing manpower in the aftermath of the BLM/Floyd riots. Hate to tell you, backing up patrol with detectives and admin officers is problematic at best, they are going to have to be paired up with patrol officers. If you have a burglary detective who hasn’t seen the inside of a cruiser in two decades, he will not be familiar with street methods, arrest procedures, etc. Not mention his investigations will suffer.
Now how does this look to the citizens of New Orleans?
A woman called NOPD saying she witnessed a rape in the French Quarter, but a nearby police officer ignores her calls for help.
The New Orleans Police Department is looking into an unusual 9-1-1 call about a rape in plain sight on a French Quarter street corner on July 26 as well as an internal investigation into whether officers near the scene failed to respond to the passed out victim…
The situation at the corner of Royal and Toulouse streets has since gone viral on social media after an alleged witness posted about the case on Twitter.
The matter drew even more attention Tuesday after The Lens investigative website obtained a recording of the five-minute 9-1-1 call from a witness.
The call starts as a relatively calm call for police help. But the call quickly escalates into what sounds like a dire emergency: an unresponsive woman in the street raped in plain sight and not only are people in the area, so are police officers who fail to jump into action…
“Two police officers just drove by. I know they saw that and they did not stop. Somebody needs to respond to that. She is being raped,” the caller said.
But as the minutes pass, the woman can be heard growing more frantic, and she considers confronting the rapist herself.
“I probably should f***ing walk up there. Like this poor girl. I mean, I am going to get up there faster than this f***ing cop is,” the caller said.
“The police officer hasn’t even moved. He’s still just parked here,” the woman said. “Like what the f*** are you even doing…”
…Independent Police Monitor Stella Cziment confirmed Tuesday that her office is investigating the matter along with the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau.
…Cziment said her office began looking at the case after an anonymous complainant called her office about the lack of police response. She said the publication of the 9-1-1 call has added more urgency to the investigation.
“It is concerning. It is what we would consider to be supporting evidence to the allegations that were raised against the NOPD,” Cziment said.
She said the situation raises a wide range of potential issues.
“Do we have a larger question about training?” Cziment asked. “Do we have a larger question about policy? Do we have larger concerns about police responses in general?”
We cannot say with certainly this rape happened. As of this past weekend, I could not find any report that the victim coming forward to police, any reports of this woman walking into an emergency room, but that does not matter. A large number of people in New Orleans believe it, which reduces their trust in law enforcement. If a man or woman thinks the cops would do nothing when a woman is raped on the street in broad daylight, why should they snitch on the man who did it?
No, Ms. Cziment you do not have a police training, policy, or policy response question. The population of the city has no confidence in its institutions, or the ability of the local government to provide basic services (the worthlessness of the sewage and water board is legend). We have a once great city collapsing, with the current Mayor Latoya “Latoya the Destroyer”
Cantrell more concerned with “peace poles” than public safety. Well, if it wasn’t for her predecessor, Mitch Landrieu spending two million removing statues instead of on police or public services, just think of how many murders they would have?
New Orleans is not alone. New York City, besides its economic issues, has revived a disease, polio, that was eradicated four decades ago. San Francisco’s central core is collapsing, and families are leaving the city as fast as they can. Hell, the Chicago Bears recently announced they are leaving legendary Soldier Field for the suburbs, in spite of a two billion dollar offer from the city and Mayor Beetlejuice.
It’s a shame. Soon all three of these “cities” will be also be Cleveland.
Michael A. Thiac is a retired Army intelligence officer, with over 23 years experience, including serving in the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the Middle East. He is also a retired police patrol sergeant, with over 22 years’ service, and over ten year’s experience in field training of newly assigned officers. He has been published at The American Thinker, PoliceOne.com, and on his personal blog, A Cop’s Watch.
Opinions expressed are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of current or former employers.