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New Orleans has overtaken St. Louis as America’s murder capital, with the city seeing a 141% increase in homicides over recent years.
According to data from the Metropolitan Crime Commission, an organization that tracks crime and also tries to reduce it, there were 52 homicides per 100,000 people as of 9/11.
In St. Louis, there had been nearly 45 homicides per 100,000 residents as of September 17, according to data from the St. Louis Police Department.
By comparison, there were nearly 18 homicides in Chicago per 100,000 population and 3.5 in New York.
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Homicides in New Orleans are up 141% from 2019 and 78% from 2021, according to the data, which shows there were 205 homicides in the city from the start of 2022 to 9/11.
New Orleans also saw a 100% increase in shootings in 2022 compared to 2019.
On September 8, New Orleans officials announced an $80 million plan to raise police salaries, provide free health care and $30,000 in hiring incentives for new recruits to the ranks. of the department.
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The city recently hired a consultant, former NYPD Patrol Division Chief Fausto Pichardo, to look at ways the police department can better fight crime, according to FOX 8.
Pichardo said in his report released Tuesday that the police department must act “now” if the city is to be saved.
“Action must be taken NOW if there is any chance of saving the city and bringing the reputation of being a city where tourists can come to party and celebrate and not become victims,” Pichardo wrote. .
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Among the recommendations is an immediate redeployment of 212 police officers to patrol rather than their current assignments.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.