Commentary: Reports painted ugly picture of N.O. City Hall, police

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Posted on March 22, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 23 at 12:14 AM

This week, Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos talks about recent studies that gave low marks to New Orleans city government and the New Orleans Police Department:

Two independent reports recently painted an ugly picture of City Hall and the New Orleans Police Department. “Dysfunctional” was a common — and frequent — label applied to both institutions.

As disheartening as they sounded, both reports were welcomed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. In fact, he requested them — the City Hall analysis by a national consulting firm and the NOPD assessment by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Make no mistake about it: both institutions were ranked as among the most dysfunctional in the country. At City Hall, consultants found a decades-old culture of indifference and failure. At NOPD, decades of constitutional abuses and corruption.

And yet there is a silver lining. Both Mayor Landrieu and Police Chief Serpas seem determined to make the reports a starting point for turning around City Hall and NOPD. Both of those tasks will take years. Both will be fraught with challenges. But both Landrieu and Serpas knew what they had signed up for when they took their respective jobs.

Our job as citizens is to hold each man to his word that he will see it through. Our city deserves nothing less than everyone’s full commitment.

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