U.S. Attorney Polite lost brother to street violence, speaks on N.O. murders

U.S. Attorney Polite lost brother to street violence, speaks on N.O. murders

U.S. Attorney Polite lost brother to street violence, speaks on N.O. murders

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Posted on October 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Robert Morris / Uptown Messenger

Kenneth Polite, the new U.S. Attorney charged with overseeing all federal prosecutions in New Orleans, grew up in the Calliope housing projects, but along the way lost a 23-year-old brother to street violence. After his brother’s death, Polite recalls walking into his brother’s bedroom and seeing the walls lined with pinned-up programs from funerals of his brother’s friends who had already been killed.

That environment of death and violence that reaches into the home on a daily basis is the root cause of the decades of staggering murder rates in New Orleans, a panel of experts agreed Tuesday evening during the Tulane University Hillel Center “The Big Issue” debate.

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