NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking for state and federal help in fighting crime in the city of New Orleans.
Landrieu said he has asked Gov. Bobby Jindal to permanently assign 100 Louisiana State Police officers to patrol the streets of New Orleans. He said he has also sent a letter to President Barack Obama to ask him to have the federal government get back into the business of fighting crime in the United States of America.
Landrieu announced his requests at a press conference addressing Sunday's early morning shooting on Bourbon Street that left 10 people injured.
"It makes you want to scream, or cry - or both," said Landrieu. "Enough is enough."
Superintendent Ronal Serpas said the NOPD will have 500 officers on the streets for the Essence Festival this weekend. He also said police continue to make progress in identifying the shooters in Sunday's incident.
Perhaps the strongest statements came from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite who called on the public to get involved in the crime solution problem. He chastised those who are reluctant to tell what they know under the "Don't Snitch" mantra, saying that once criminals are arrested, they normally snitch on their accomplices.
He said he has been given the funds to hire three additional assistant U.S. attorneys with the specific purpose of prosecuting violent crime.
"We need more soldiers in this battle."
Jindal, in a statement released Tuesday, said he would deploy "additional uniform Troopers to supplement NOPD in the areas of the French Quarter, Central Business District, and any other areas requested by NOPD through the July 4th weekend."