CNN.com put out its list of the most dangerous cities in the United States and, surprise surprise, New Orleans made the cut.
Not the best news to hear about our new city, but we’re in this for the long haul.
The lovely teaser tweet from @CNNMoney:
In 2010, incoming mayor Mitch Landrieu cited a “systematic failure” of New Orleans‘ police department for its inability to bring down the city’s soaring homicide rate.
“The police department is supposed to protect and serve, but right now it’s not doing either of those things well,” he said in a CNN interview when he first took office in 2010. “My top priority is to make this city safe. It can’t be safe without a police department that people trust.”
There’s still a lot of work to be done. The city’s murder rate is 20% higher than Detroit and nine times higher than cities like New York and San Francisco. The number of killings in the Big Easy jumped to 199 in 2011 from 175 the year before.