Words From The Triumvirate

So, what do you glean from this?

The Police Department – Gambit Weekly interviews Police Chief Riley

GW: What is your plan to lead New Orleans out of the current crime wave, and how will you make the city safer in 2007?

RILEY: We have reformatted the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Katrina. We have put some very serious plans in place that unfortunately have been diminished because of our attrition rate. Today our department has 1,401 officers, which includes 41 recruits. We have 107 officers that are out sick. We’re operating a department with about 1,200-and-something officers. And that has hurt us.

The DA’s Office – WWLTV.com: Algiers community outraged over dropped robbery case

Tuesday, prosecutors dropped the case [and set the defendant free], because they said they could not find their key witness: A New Orleans Police detective who was the lead investigator on the case and has since retired … after about an hour of searching, Eyewitness News located former officer Ed Dieringer at his home in New Orleans. It was the same house he’d lived in before he resigned in September and the same home where he has received subpoenas for court cases in the past.

The Mayor – New Orleans mayor, Ray Nagin, in an interview with Anderson Cooper on January 11, 2007

“We check ourselves against everybody around the country, to make sure we’re using the most state-of-the-art techniques that are out there. The crime element is very sophisticated in some respects. So, we have to adjust accordingly.”

3 Comments so far

  1. Craig (unregistered) on January 15th, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

    I’d hate to see the mess we’d be in if the criminal element was REALLY “sophisticated.”

    I’m no criminal justice expert — but it reminds me of the old ‘Gunsmoke’ series when Chester would come a-limping into the marshal’s office shouting, “Marshal Dillon! Marshal Dillon!” when things would go wrong. He’d stand around wringing his hands and looking desperate (as only Dennis Weaver could) until the marshal would show up and start making things right again.

    Except in this case, Warren, Eddie and Grandmaster DJ C-Ray can’t find the marshal. So they stand around in the hand-wringing mode and point fingers at each other and at everyone including That Bitch Katrina — not realizing it’s up to them to form their own damn plan and take charge themselves.

    I can’t say I’d do better if it was me — since I don’t have the training and experience. But I DO know when it’s time to stop the excuse-making — and that time was, oh, at least six months ago. Pogo said, “we have met the enemy and he is us” and that’s certainly true for this trio.

  2. Mark Folse (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 6:06 am

    I think Bart was dead on last week. We have a government in collapse and need an outside intervention. Because we are living in a mini-failed state, the terrorists (thugs)have set up camp and are having a field day.

  3. Fred (unregistered) on January 16th, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    One word: Recall!

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