NEW ORLEANS -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in New Orleans for the ceremonial swearing-in of the new U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite at Cohen College Prep High School, along with 30 other area schools represented at the ceremony.
Polite has been on the job since taking the oath of office in September. Thursday, he took the oath of office as part of the investiture ceremony.
Polite, a New Orleans native and De La Salle High School valedictorian, took the oath of office from Chief Justice Bernette Johnson. He was the only candidate nominated for the job by Senator Mary Landrieu, who was in attendance at the ceremony.
Polite said he wanted to continue the fight against corruption and combating violence in New Orleans by getting away from his desk and into the streets of the city.
He issued a challenge to residents in New Orleans. “And from day one as your U.S. Attorney,” Polite said, “I have followed that advice, and, at the same time, I have issued a similar challenge over and over and over again.
“To any resident who asks, ‘What can I do to help fight crime in our region?' My response is always, Step outside of your comfortable home, step outside of your safe jobs, step outside of your routine, everyday lives and get into our schools, get into our afterschool programs, get into our churches and make a difference in the lives of our young people.”
Holder reaffirmed a commit for Justice Department to help fight crime in the New Orleans area.
“The Justice Department has been proud to partner with the leaders here in New Orleans to start to reduce crime and address emerging threats,” Holder said. “We are committed to working with Mayor Landrieu and U.S . Attorney Polite to build upon these efforts and we will never waver in our determine to protect the citizens of the Eastern District of Louisiana.”