New Orleans residents demand action from city leaders on violent crime

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The steps of City Hall were packed Monday afternoon with New Orleans residents calling for peace on the streets and action from city leaders. The rally follows a spike in violence across the city.

“Everyone is probably thinking like, ‘well, that’s not going to happen to me,’ but it happens so often that we never know if we’re going to be next,” said event organizer Rebecca Martinez. .

The event organizers are friends and colleagues of Keeleye Rhien, the woman who was the victim of a carjacking last week at Costco in Carrollton while pumping gas.

“This rally is for Kelley but also for all the other victims,” said Joey Walker, a friend of Rhein.

The worried residents were not the only ones present. City council members spoke at the event and said they wrote a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards calling for more street patrols and more probation officers to monitor people on bail.

“Know that council has to jump through hoops to do a lot of things when the mayor, with just a phone call and a directive, could do things right now,” said Helena Moreno, New York City Council President. Orleans.

While a majority of those at the event criticized Mayor LaToya Cantrell over what they say is her inaction to tackle crime, others say it’s time to unite.

“Just be open to helping her instead of pointing fingers and blaming her for everything. Let’s come together and help,” said local rapper and activist Keedy Black.

One thing everyone at the rally could agree on is that the city needs change, and it needs it now.

“I’ve heard a lot of talk, so I need to see some action, then I’ll feel different and I’ll know it’s on. We’re ready to move forward into greater New- Orleans,” Black said.

The mayor’s office sent out a statement, saying in part that the mayor had been in talks with Governor Edwards about additional police assistance for months, long before today’s rally.