About a year ago, the NOPD began listing murder victims' criminal history in press releases, along with details of the murder.
In his commentary this week, Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos examines this practice, and says it's time for NOPD to stop abusing murder victims.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
NEW ORLEANS -- Police Chief Ronal Serpas loves statistics. That’s one of the main reasons he gives for revealing the criminal records of some murder victims. The chief says it “broadens the perspective” on the local murder rate.
A lot of others say it only abuses murder victims even more. I agree with the others.
For example, what good does it do to reveal that Mike Ainsworth, the Good Samaritan who was killed while trying to stop a carjacking last week, was arrested for minor drug offenses years ago? Those arrests had nothing to do with his death.
Perhaps the chief thinks his policy somehow makes the rest of us feel better about the murder rate. As if we don’t have to worry about getting killed ourselves, as long as we stay on the straight and narrow.
Except… that’s not quite how it works. Just ask the family of Keira Holmes, the toddler who was killed in December just days before her second birthday.
If Serpas wants to impress us with statistics, he can start by reducing the number of murders. That’s the one statistic we’d all love to see.
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