Algiers homicidesNew Orleans police chief talks about Algiers murdersNew Orleans Police Department Superintendent Micheal Harrison talks about the string of Algiers's murders and talks about what his department is doing to fight crime.
By Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
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on June 30, 2016 at 9:36 PMNew Orleans Police briefly addressed a string of recent killings and non-fatal shootings in Algiers Thursday evening (June 30), but said it is still too early to say whether any of the incidents are related.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison, while addressing the media following a consent decree hearing at the Algiers Regional Library, called the ongoing investigation "a work in progress."
New Orleans resident wants equal police protectionAshonta Wyatt, founder and executive director of Mother 2 Mother, said she and other Algiers residents are willing to do all they can to help the NOPD stop the recent string of murders.
"It's starting to feel like an epidemic," Wyatt said.
"When you have the vast amount of murders that you're having in such a short span of time, in a community that is so tight and so small, then it is an epidemic. And it's time for someone – the community, the stakeholders, the police officers, the mayor, the city – someone to pay attention to what's going on in Algiers. We can't continue to stand idle, while the kids are just dying in the street," she said.
Wyatt, who grew up in the Fischer Projects and has a 10-year-old son, says she hopes for a more constant police presence in the neighborhood.
"I don't think it takes three or four consecutive murders for you to be present...It would be nice to see you in the community," she said of the NOPD. "Just let us know you're there; let the criminals know you're there...It's going to take everyone, everybody to stand up against what's going on."