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Crime in Louisiana

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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the poorest states in the nation also have the highest crime rates, thus Louisiana having an extremely high crime rate.

Where does your city stand as far as crime goes? Is it under control or out of hand? This subject came to mind this morning when I was reading the news, and yet again police in both cities, Shreveport and Bossier, had to deal with shootings yesterday.

In the first article, below, a woman was mugged in her apartment complex, among other occurrences throughout the area. While not a shooting in this particular case, this hits very close to home for me, because until October, I had lived in that apartment complex for two years... and it's a very expensive complex in a neighborhood of homes in the $500,000 to $1,000,000 range. This just shows that crime can occur anywhere... and it didn't help that, literally, one mile down the street is Shreveport's most dangerous neighborhood.

A shooting in a decent Bossier City neighborhood is also mentioned in the same article. Bossier City used to have virtually no crime, and this is the second shooting in that city within a week. While still nowhere near as bad as Shreveport, the older areas of Bossier have become inundated with criminals. Things like this just fuel the urban sprawl that our cities are forced to deal with financially.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.d...7/NEWS/60327001

In this second article, a man is shot while walking down the street near the intersection of St. Vincent and Clanton Streets. Clanton Street, some of you may know, is the street where the United States Postal Service, last year, suspended mail delivery for a short time since their mail carrier had been caught in the middle of gang-related crossfire on numerous occasions.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.d...7/NEWS/60327006

So with this out of the way, where does your city fare? Has crime mostly gotten better or worse in your city? I certainly wish we could clean up this state and shed the image of Louisiana being a filthy, crime-ridden, poverty-ridden, uneducated cesspool.

Update since I first made this post earlier today:

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.d...7/NEWS/60327009

...it seems to never stop.

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I could go on and on about Louisiana's crime problems, which I will later. ;) But right now I'll just give some quick info on my city of Covington.

Pre-Katrina, there had not been a murder in Covington since July of 2000, and that lasted until about December '05 after Katrina. Since Katrina and after the massive influx of evacuees, there have been 2 murders in Covington. Though nearly all crime stats have stayed very low since Katrina.

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It's no secret New Orleans' crime is a generational curse. We've always had crime problems. Doesn't help that our education system & police force are garbage. Call me crazy, but I think Katrina was a blessing in disguise. Pre-Katrina, crime was going up, up and away in N.O.

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Call me crazy, but I think Katrina was a blessing in disguise.

In many different ways, you could be right. Katrina was an "equal opportunity destroyer" as Mitch Landrieu likes to say, and caused problems in everyone's lives around SE and south Louisiana in some way, but as weird and bad as it sounds to say it, Katrina brought some good things upon the city. And if a few years from now, we're looking at a New Orleans with much less crime and violence, less(hopefully none) corrupt government and politicians, better schools, better levee system, and numerous other things, we'll be able to truly say that Katrina brought some good things to New Orleans, that possibly would not have changed if Katrina hadn't hit.

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The clock's ticking...

I wonder how long it'll be before this criminal's family is suing the Shreveport Police Department for wrongful death of their "good boy!?" It never fails... it happens all the friggin time. For instance, a few years back when Marquis Hudspeth pointed a cell phone at police officers and they shot and killed him, the family sued the police department and local civil rights activists even raised a stink... over a criminal being shot dead by the police in a Circle-K parking lot. I saw the Hudspeth video... over and over and over and over... and it looked like he pulled a gun. And in the split-second the police had to respond, they shot him. He was guilty, no doubt.

Okay, anyway, so back to this story...

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.d...NGNEWS/60612003

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Shreveport had 8 homicides this year through the end of April. I'm not sure where that stands now, but if it keeps at that pace, the city will have recorded only 24 hoimicides for the entire year. The Summer months are when things really heat up normally, but maybe things are finally beginning to change for the better. Shreveport averaged 40 homicides per year between the years of 1999 and 2003.

Bossier City, by comparison, had zero homicides in the same period of time this year. Pretty impressive for Bossier, which averaged only a total of 4 homicides per year between the years of 1999 and 2003.

Sources:

Shreveport Times

City-data.com

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Homicides so far this year (as of 06/01/06) in Louisiana's big 3:

New Orleans:

--2006 murders: 44

--projected 2006 total: 106

--2004 total: 264

--population: 221,000 (est.)

--projected 2006 murder rate: 48 murders per 100,000 people

Baton Rouge:

--2006 murders: 16

--projected 2006 total: 39

--2004 total: 47

--population: 275,000 (est.)

--projected 2006 murder rate: 14 murders per 100,000 people

Shreveport:

--2006 murders: 8

--projected 2006 total: 20

--2004 total: 33

--population: 200,000

--projected 2006 murder rate: 10 murders per 100,000

NOTE: This is not a scientific comparsion! Population numbers are certainly subject to change when the next Census comes out. Also, the number of homicides as of 6/01/06 in Baton Rouge and Shreveport might be slightly higher. This is b/c I couldn't find these 2 cities' homicide stats for the month of May, so I went through the local papers. From what I could find, Shreveport had zero homicides in May, and Baton Rouge had 6.

....Just posted this to give forumers here some perspective. The thing I gathered the most from looking at this stuff is that Baton Rouge has not absorbed as much New Orleans crime as some have suggested. Also, it looks like the absence of crime in New Orleans post-Katrina has been short-lived, even though crime is still way down from last year, which is good.

sources:

--Boston.com

--2004 New Orleans Crime Stats

--Baton Rouge Crime Stats

--Shreveport Crime Stats 2004

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Homicides so far this year (as of 06/01/06) in Louisiana's big 3:

New Orleans:

--2006 murders: 44

--projected 2006 total: 106

--2004 total: 264

--population: 221,000 (est.)

--projected 2006 murder rate: 48 murders per 100,000 people

Baton Rouge:

--2006 murders: 16

--projected 2006 total: 39

--2004 total: 47

--population: 275,000 (est.)

--projected 2006 murder rate: 14 murders per 100,000 people

Shreveport:

--2006 murders: 8

--projected 2006 total: 20

--2004 total: 33

--population: 200,000

--projected 2006 murder rate: 10 murders per 100,000

NOTE: This is not a scientific comparsion! Population numbers are certainly subject to change when the next Census comes out. Also, the number of homicides as of 6/01/06 in Baton Rouge and Shreveport might be slightly higher. This is b/c I couldn't find these 2 cities' homicide stats for the month of May, so I went through the local papers. From what I could find, Shreveport had zero homicides in May, and Baton Rouge had 6.

....Just posted this to give forumers here some perspective. The thing I gathered the most from looking at this stuff is that Baton Rouge has not absorbed as much New Orleans crime as some have suggested. Also, it looks like the absence of crime in New Orleans post-Katrina has been short-lived, even though crime is still way down from last year, which is good.

sources:

--Boston.com

--2004 New Orleans Crime Stats

--Baton Rouge Crime Stats

--Shreveport Crime Stats 2004

Thanks for posting this, bluff. I couldn't find Shreveport's stats for May either, so I assume they just haven't finished compiling everything for public release.

I can't believe Shreveport may have had zero homicides in May while Baton Rouge had 6! By the way, I'm not certain, but there may have been 1 or 2 in May. I thought I recalled a drive-by or two that killed some people. But then again, I could be remembering that from further back.

Crime is definitely down in New Orleans and that's great. It's not saying a whole lot with only half the population back. And who knows, the half that's still not back could be the most violent half and maybe those people will instead be replaced by other people coming into this rebuilding mecca.

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Crime is definitely down in New Orleans and that's great. It's not saying a whole lot with only half the population back. And who knows, the half that's still not back could be the most violent half and maybe those people will instead be replaced by other people coming into this rebuilding mecca.

Most definitely. If the half that isn't back is the criminal element, good. We don't want you back. I welcome the half who doesn't have criminal records.

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3 years in prison for that? Come on...

That's what I was thinking, but who knows!? :huh:

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That's what I was thinking, but who knows!? :huh:

I've got to remember to keep my clothes on at sporting events so I don't go to prison. :unsure:

On the subject of crime, a perverted Shreveport anesthesiologist was arrested in a hotel in Metairie yesterday after he became a fugitive wanted for attempting to produce child pornography. How sad... this man had the means to put people under and it appears he was taking advantage... or was trying to.

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On the subject of crime, a perverted Shreveport anesthesiologist was arrested in a hotel in Metairie yesterday after he became a fugitive wanted for attempting to produce child pornography. How sad... this man had the means to put people under and it appears he was taking advantage... or was trying to.

Yea I heard about that down here. Man, what's wrong with some people?

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Prison is extra hell for those type offenders.

Oh you bet it is! Those guys are safer in a pit of vicious Pit Bull's than they are in prison.

And I agree 100% with the first part of your post too.

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Oh you bet it is! Those guys are safer in a pit of vicious Pit Bull's than they are in prison.

And I agree 100% with the first part of your post too.

I'm with both of you guys. It's sick... filthy... but it's spreading like wildfire. The internet has not only brought this problem to the forefront, but it's helped to create a whole new breed of these perverts. Thank goodness for groups like Perverted Justice!!

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Definately, and any other site, page, paper, whatever, that exposes child pornagraphers.

Oh yes, there are tons and I applaud their efforts. Perverted Justice, in particular, comes to the forefront in my mind because they're the group who has been helping law enforcement and Dateline NBC to expose pedos.

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Oh yes, there are tons and I applaud their efforts. Perverted Justice, in particular, comes to the forefront in my mind because they're the group who has been helping law enforcement and Dateline NBC to expose pedos.

I had heard that Perverted Justice helped Dateline NBC, but hadn't heard that lae enforcement worked with them too. I definately applaud the efforts of everyone there.

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I had heard that Perverted Justice helped Dateline NBC, but hadn't heard that lae enforcement worked with them too. I definately applaud the efforts of everyone there.

Well, that's how the Dateline things went down. In order for the people to be able to get arrested for solicitation, the local law enforcement in the cities where these stings took place had to temporarily deputize the PJ volunteers. Then, as soon as the perps would leave the residence, law enforcement would take them down with military precision.

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Well, that's how the Dateline things went down. In order for the people to be able to get arrested for solicitation, the local law enforcement in the cities where these stings took place had to temporarily deputize the PJ volunteers. Then, as soon as the perps would leave the residence, law enforcement would take them down with military precision.

Ah yea, I know what you're talking about. I saw two or three of those stings on Dateline.

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