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The New Orleans Police Department is drawing attention to the appalling conditions, as rampant crime rates and a shortage of officers have led the city to become America’s murder capital.
Captain Mike Glasser, president of the New Orleans Police Association, said on “UKTN & Friends” Tuesday that the homicide rate is now four times higher than in Chicago and 14 times higher than in New York.
The New Orleans Metro Crime Commission reported that the homicide rate has increased by 141% since 2019.
“We are in a desperate situation,” Glasser told host Carley Shimkus.
Glasser said the department is inefficient and fails to provide adequate public safety given the low workforce. He said action must be taken immediately.
“Fortunately, the city has listened to us,” he said.
The city is reportedly seeking policy changes and a financial package that will provide incentives for officer retention and new recruits.
“If they go through those things, I think you’ll see a big difference very quickly,” Glasser said.
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However, the reduced bail contributes to the high crime rate.
“People get out very quickly,” Glasser said. “In many cases, their charges are either reduced or not prosecuted.”
“So while we have a problem getting them off our side of the street, the criminal justice system is letting them go the other way,” he said.
Glasser admitted that some cases needed scrutiny and suggested a more reasonable bail policy, but he called the abolition of bail a “mistake.”
Glasser was previously critical of prosecutor Jason Rogers Williams, but said his recent policies have addressed the issue better.
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He said the solution is twofold: First, more police at the front to provide better public safety. Second, don’t let criminals go free under the bail policy.
“If we arrest people, if you can prosecute them at the back, we’ll help solve that problem,” Glasser said.