Rotten, Really Rotten Apples

You know that old idiom, “A rotten apple spoils the barrel”?

We had a taste of that on Halloween night when two morons on Bourbon Street and Canal Street decided to take their personal fights to the street using guns. In the process, two people were shot dead, and eight others were injured. This happened in the French Quarter among crowds of people partying at the height of one of the city’s most popular destination events, Halloween. From published reports, there were “hundreds” of NOPD in the area when these incidents occurred. Obviously, the police presence didn’t inhibit these knuckleheads from carrying—and using—weapons in a crowd of tourists and locals trying to enjoy the evening in the Quarter.

Rotten ApplesIs this the fault of the police force, then? Could the NOPD have prevented this tragedy, which could prove to be a significant blow to the city’s national reputation as a tourism destination? The national media certainly picked up on it in a hurry.

Frankly, I don’t think the NOPD could have done much, if anything, to know in advance that this would happen. They’re used to seeing these thugs in the Quarter on a regular basis.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Chief Ronal Serpas promised they would apprehend the perps, but as we know in New Orleans, there’s little likelihood of that happening. Landrieu also claimed that this was a function of the violence that’s embedded in our culture. I do agree with that, and also contend that this could happen in any city where there’s a poor population that has lost too many of its young males to drugs, crappy education, poor parenting, easy access to handguns and exposure to violence in the media.

We all realize that something has to be done, but what? More police? Admittedly, that is a possible solution for inhibiting gun violence, unless you mix in a lot of alcohol and disregard for human life. Let’s face it, knuckleheads—especially drunk or drugged ones—solve their personal issues with guns rather than fistfights or arguments, or a discussion of the matter. They aren’t thinking about a cop who might be standing a block away in a massive crowd of people.

Obviously the solution to the problem also lies in catching and punishing the thugs. In New Orleans, we’re notorious for letting the bad guys back onto the streets. The judicial system also sucks.

It seems to be an almost overwhelming problem.

It’s been suggested that the police do random searches of people on the street who they think might be troublemakers. I can’t imagine that this would work. How would you feel if you were an innocent 25-year-old black male who’d be stopped and searched because your profile was the same as the thug? The ACLU would be all over that tactic.

As longtime readers of my columns know, I’m totally against the availability of handguns. While they’re supposedly used for self-protection, many more of them are stolen from their owners and sold on the streets to the idiots who operate like New Orleans is the wild, wild west. Many, many more are killed and injured by handguns bought by criminals either legally or on the black market.

These idiots are ruining our city. They are the rotten apples that are spoiling it for the rest of us. It’s going to take a long time to cure this problem with education, role models, and proper parenting. It could take a generation, and probably more, assuming that we can start right now by beefing up the NOPD, cleaning up our our judicial system, and educating and parenting our kids properly.

So what can we do now to ensure that our city is safe, especially in tourist areas?

Increase the police force. Train them better.

Set up random checkpoints in the French Quarter and high crime areas at night, every night, that includes metal detectors. If you want to go party in the Quarter or on Frenchmen Street, then you need to relinquish your right to carry a concealed handgun. There’s such a thing as the common good, and the city needs to man up with a policy that can keep us all safe from these knuckleheads.

We have accepted the fact that we want to promote non-stop partying with alcohol thrown in a city that has a lot of poor young people in a country that tolerates violence and drug crime. So we need to be prepared for a new reality. This isn’t your mama’s time when you could walk down the street and not have to worry about getting popped by a random bullet. We have to do something radical. Fast.

  • Chalmation

    This is  a National problem, not just New Orleans.  Presently, 48 states allow concealed weapons to be carried and the 49th, Wisconsin is about to allow it as well.  Illinois is the only state that does not allow it.  It is a Wild West in the USA!  I believe it is the lobbying of the NRA and the spreading of fear that causes this proliferation of guns.  Today a fist fight has a much greater chance of turning out to be a shoot out than ever before.  This needs to be stopped by the people.

    I also would suggest video monitors be mounted though out the FQ.  In this way when there are shoot outs, the police can easily see who the perps are and have an opportunity to find them for an arrest.

  • Chalmation

    This is  a National problem, not just New Orleans.  Presently, 48 states allow concealed weapons to be carried and the 49th, Wisconsin is about to allow it as well.  Illinois is the only state that does not allow it.  It is a Wild West in the USA!  I believe it is the lobbying of the NRA and the spreading of fear that causes this proliferation of guns.  Today a fist fight has a much greater chance of turning out to be a shoot out than ever before.  This needs to be stopped by the people.

    I also would suggest video monitors be mounted though out the FQ.  In this way when there are shoot outs, the police can easily see who the perps are and have an opportunity to find them for an arrest.

  • Chalmation

    This is  a National problem, not just New Orleans.  Presently, 48 states allow concealed weapons to be carried and the 49th, Wisconsin is about to allow it as well.  Illinois is the only state that does not allow it.  It is a Wild West in the USA!  I believe it is the lobbying of the NRA and the spreading of fear that causes this proliferation of guns.  Today a fist fight has a much greater chance of turning out to be a shoot out than ever before.  This needs to be stopped by the people.

    I also would suggest video monitors be mounted though out the FQ.  In this way when there are shoot outs, the police can easily see who the perps are and have an opportunity to find them for an arrest.

  • Chalmation

    This is  a National problem, not just New Orleans.  Presently, 48 states allow concealed weapons to be carried and the 49th, Wisconsin is about to allow it as well.  Illinois is the only state that does not allow it.  It is a Wild West in the USA!  I believe it is the lobbying of the NRA and the spreading of fear that causes this proliferation of guns.  Today a fist fight has a much greater chance of turning out to be a shoot out than ever before.  This needs to be stopped by the people.

    I also would suggest video monitors be mounted though out the FQ.  In this way when there are shoot outs, the police can easily see who the perps are and have an opportunity to find them for an arrest.

  • Chalmation

    This is  a National problem, not just New Orleans.  Presently, 48 states allow concealed weapons to be carried and the 49th, Wisconsin is about to allow it as well.  Illinois is the only state that does not allow it.  It is a Wild West in the USA!  I believe it is the lobbying of the NRA and the spreading of fear that causes this proliferation of guns.  Today a fist fight has a much greater chance of turning out to be a shoot out than ever before.  This needs to be stopped by the people.

    I also would suggest video monitors be mounted though out the FQ.  In this way when there are shoot outs, the police can easily see who the perps are and have an opportunity to find them for an arrest.

  • Chalmation

    This is  a National problem, not just New Orleans.  Presently, 48 states allow concealed weapons to be carried and the 49th, Wisconsin is about to allow it as well.  Illinois is the only state that does not allow it.  It is a Wild West in the USA!  I believe it is the lobbying of the NRA and the spreading of fear that causes this proliferation of guns.  Today a fist fight has a much greater chance of turning out to be a shoot out than ever before.  This needs to be stopped by the people.

    I also would suggest video monitors be mounted though out the FQ.  In this way when there are shoot outs, the police can easily see who the perps are and have an opportunity to find them for an arrest.

  • Janramsey

    Agreed, it is a national problem, and the NRA, and the clients for which it lobbies, the weapons manufacturers, are the perpetrators. I don’t understand why the American public has allowed itself to be duped by this organization. Clearly, these people do not have the public’s safety in mind; they have THE SALES OF THEIR CLIENTS’ PRODUCTS in mind. Using the second amendment as justification for allowing anyone to own and carry a handgun is laughable. And now it’s dangerous. It’s high time someone in govemment had the guts to stand up to this private interest group to protect the rights and safety of our citizens.

  • Janramsey

    Agreed, it is a national problem, and the NRA, and the clients for which it lobbies, the weapons manufacturers, are the perpetrators. I don’t understand why the American public has allowed itself to be duped by this organization. Clearly, these people do not have the public’s safety in mind; they have THE SALES OF THEIR CLIENTS’ PRODUCTS in mind. Using the second amendment as justification for allowing anyone to own and carry a handgun is laughable. And now it’s dangerous. It’s high time someone in govemment had the guts to stand up to this private interest group to protect the rights and safety of our citizens.

  • Janramsey

    Agreed, it is a national problem, and the NRA, and the clients for which it lobbies, the weapons manufacturers, are the perpetrators. I don’t understand why the American public has allowed itself to be duped by this organization. Clearly, these people do not have the public’s safety in mind; they have THE SALES OF THEIR CLIENTS’ PRODUCTS in mind. Using the second amendment as justification for allowing anyone to own and carry a handgun is laughable. And now it’s dangerous. It’s high time someone in govemment had the guts to stand up to this private interest group to protect the rights and safety of our citizens.

  • Janramsey

    Agreed, it is a national problem, and the NRA, and the clients for which it lobbies, the weapons manufacturers, are the perpetrators. I don’t understand why the American public has allowed itself to be duped by this organization. Clearly, these people do not have the public’s safety in mind; they have THE SALES OF THEIR CLIENTS’ PRODUCTS in mind. Using the second amendment as justification for allowing anyone to own and carry a handgun is laughable. And now it’s dangerous. It’s high time someone in govemment had the guts to stand up to this private interest group to protect the rights and safety of our citizens.

  • Janramsey

    Agreed, it is a national problem, and the NRA, and the clients for which it lobbies, the weapons manufacturers, are the perpetrators. I don’t understand why the American public has allowed itself to be duped by this organization. Clearly, these people do not have the public’s safety in mind; they have THE SALES OF THEIR CLIENTS’ PRODUCTS in mind. Using the second amendment as justification for allowing anyone to own and carry a handgun is laughable. And now it’s dangerous. It’s high time someone in govemment had the guts to stand up to this private interest group to protect the rights and safety of our citizens.

  • Janramsey

    Agreed, it is a national problem, and the NRA, and the clients for which it lobbies, the weapons manufacturers, are the perpetrators. I don’t understand why the American public has allowed itself to be duped by this organization. Clearly, these people do not have the public’s safety in mind; they have THE SALES OF THEIR CLIENTS’ PRODUCTS in mind. Using the second amendment as justification for allowing anyone to own and carry a handgun is laughable. And now it’s dangerous. It’s high time someone in govemment had the guts to stand up to this private interest group to protect the rights and safety of our citizens.

  • Philly to NOLA

    Closed circuit video on the high profile corners of Bourbon and Frenchmen.  College campuses do it, hell, even traffic lights do it. It’s cheap and yeilds results.

  • Philly to NOLA

    Closed circuit video on the high profile corners of Bourbon and Frenchmen.  College campuses do it, hell, even traffic lights do it. It’s cheap and yeilds results.

  • Philly to NOLA

    Closed circuit video on the high profile corners of Bourbon and Frenchmen.  College campuses do it, hell, even traffic lights do it. It’s cheap and yeilds results.

  • Philly to NOLA

    Closed circuit video on the high profile corners of Bourbon and Frenchmen.  College campuses do it, hell, even traffic lights do it. It’s cheap and yeilds results.

  • Philly to NOLA

    Closed circuit video on the high profile corners of Bourbon and Frenchmen.  College campuses do it, hell, even traffic lights do it. It’s cheap and yeilds results.

  • Philly to NOLA

    Closed circuit video on the high profile corners of Bourbon and Frenchmen.  College campuses do it, hell, even traffic lights do it. It’s cheap and yeilds results.

  • Bydabayou

    Some people want to blame the cops. Some people want to blame the city, some people want to blame the economy. You know who I blame? The parents that created these idiots. I think it would be very interesting to interview the many violent criminals in local jails to ask just what their home life was like growing up. Until something is done to address the dismal parenting seen that produces this “culture of violence”, it will not stop, and in fact it is going to grow. First, there needs to be a campaign to convince teenagers that it is OK to use birth control, OK not to have kids as a bi-product of sex and that bringing babies into a world where the parents are unprepared and not in a stable situation and unable to afford children is not OK. Young people should be taught that delaying the “age of first reproduction” is good for the adults, who will be much better parents with maturity, good for the child and good for the future of humanity. They can be taught that it’s a good thing to have one or two children to which both parents dedicate themselves, providing for and teaching them to be responsible caring people. What is UP with these people who have children they are not interested in raising and whom they resent. Innocent children are smacked, yelled at, cursed at, harangued by parents that don’t know how to spell “nurture” much less practice it. Who hasn’t seen that in this city? And that is not even mentioning what these children witness, what sort of role models they see. Violence begets violence.

    Childhood development classes should be compulsory starting in high school. One can’t dictate how to parent but clearly there is a place (and now is the time!) to break the cycle of violence and teach what infants and children need to grow into self confident, capable, productive and conscientious people. Infant care and needs, if not addressed, produces unbalanced and even sociopathic behavior. Good parenting practices need to be taught. Patience and nurturing need to be taught. 

    With the popularity of weapons (a coward’s way out) the days of an argument or a fistfight are gone. Testosterone and ignorance trump reason and conscience. The criminal justice system is a joke and acts as no deterrent. And it goes both ways. Criminals are created when young people are targeted and incarcerated for stupid stuff like driving without insurance or holding drugs, but then there are those with such a poor home life that there is nowhere for them to go but down.  This is not a racial thing, it’s a culture thing and a human thing. Early childhood education isn’t enough. Programs for disadvantaged youth aren’t enough. It has to start with the parents and with the absence of such, teaching young people how to parent.

  • Bydabayou

    Some people want to blame the cops. Some people want to blame the city, some people want to blame the economy. You know who I blame? The parents that created these idiots. I think it would be very interesting to interview the many violent criminals in local jails to ask just what their home life was like growing up. Until something is done to address the dismal parenting seen that produces this “culture of violence”, it will not stop, and in fact it is going to grow. First, there needs to be a campaign to convince teenagers that it is OK to use birth control, OK not to have kids as a bi-product of sex and that bringing babies into a world where the parents are unprepared and not in a stable situation and unable to afford children is not OK. Young people should be taught that delaying the “age of first reproduction” is good for the adults, who will be much better parents with maturity, good for the child and good for the future of humanity. They can be taught that it’s a good thing to have one or two children to which both parents dedicate themselves, providing for and teaching them to be responsible caring people. What is UP with these people who have children they are not interested in raising and whom they resent. Innocent children are smacked, yelled at, cursed at, harangued by parents that don’t know how to spell “nurture” much less practice it. Who hasn’t seen that in this city? And that is not even mentioning what these children witness, what sort of role models they see. Violence begets violence.

    Childhood development classes should be compulsory starting in high school. One can’t dictate how to parent but clearly there is a place (and now is the time!) to break the cycle of violence and teach what infants and children need to grow into self confident, capable, productive and conscientious people. Infant care and needs, if not addressed, produces unbalanced and even sociopathic behavior. Good parenting practices need to be taught. Patience and nurturing need to be taught. 

    With the popularity of weapons (a coward’s way out) the days of an argument or a fistfight are gone. Testosterone and ignorance trump reason and conscience. The criminal justice system is a joke and acts as no deterrent. And it goes both ways. Criminals are created when young people are targeted and incarcerated for stupid stuff like driving without insurance or holding drugs, but then there are those with such a poor home life that there is nowhere for them to go but down.  This is not a racial thing, it’s a culture thing and a human thing. Early childhood education isn’t enough. Programs for disadvantaged youth aren’t enough. It has to start with the parents and with the absence of such, teaching young people how to parent.

  • Bydabayou

    Some people want to blame the cops. Some people want to blame the city, some people want to blame the economy. You know who I blame? The parents that created these idiots. I think it would be very interesting to interview the many violent criminals in local jails to ask just what their home life was like growing up. Until something is done to address the dismal parenting seen that produces this “culture of violence”, it will not stop, and in fact it is going to grow. First, there needs to be a campaign to convince teenagers that it is OK to use birth control, OK not to have kids as a bi-product of sex and that bringing babies into a world where the parents are unprepared and not in a stable situation and unable to afford children is not OK. Young people should be taught that delaying the “age of first reproduction” is good for the adults, who will be much better parents with maturity, good for the child and good for the future of humanity. They can be taught that it’s a good thing to have one or two children to which both parents dedicate themselves, providing for and teaching them to be responsible caring people. What is UP with these people who have children they are not interested in raising and whom they resent. Innocent children are smacked, yelled at, cursed at, harangued by parents that don’t know how to spell “nurture” much less practice it. Who hasn’t seen that in this city? And that is not even mentioning what these children witness, what sort of role models they see. Violence begets violence.

    Childhood development classes should be compulsory starting in high school. One can’t dictate how to parent but clearly there is a place (and now is the time!) to break the cycle of violence and teach what infants and children need to grow into self confident, capable, productive and conscientious people. Infant care and needs, if not addressed, produces unbalanced and even sociopathic behavior. Good parenting practices need to be taught. Patience and nurturing need to be taught. 

    With the popularity of weapons (a coward’s way out) the days of an argument or a fistfight are gone. Testosterone and ignorance trump reason and conscience. The criminal justice system is a joke and acts as no deterrent. And it goes both ways. Criminals are created when young people are targeted and incarcerated for stupid stuff like driving without insurance or holding drugs, but then there are those with such a poor home life that there is nowhere for them to go but down.  This is not a racial thing, it’s a culture thing and a human thing. Early childhood education isn’t enough. Programs for disadvantaged youth aren’t enough. It has to start with the parents and with the absence of such, teaching young people how to parent.

  • Bydabayou

    Some people want to blame the cops. Some people want to blame the city, some people want to blame the economy. You know who I blame? The parents that created these idiots. I think it would be very interesting to interview the many violent criminals in local jails to ask just what their home life was like growing up. Until something is done to address the dismal parenting seen that produces this “culture of violence”, it will not stop, and in fact it is going to grow. First, there needs to be a campaign to convince teenagers that it is OK to use birth control, OK not to have kids as a bi-product of sex and that bringing babies into a world where the parents are unprepared and not in a stable situation and unable to afford children is not OK. Young people should be taught that delaying the “age of first reproduction” is good for the adults, who will be much better parents with maturity, good for the child and good for the future of humanity. They can be taught that it’s a good thing to have one or two children to which both parents dedicate themselves, providing for and teaching them to be responsible caring people. What is UP with these people who have children they are not interested in raising and whom they resent. Innocent children are smacked, yelled at, cursed at, harangued by parents that don’t know how to spell “nurture” much less practice it. Who hasn’t seen that in this city? And that is not even mentioning what these children witness, what sort of role models they see. Violence begets violence.

    Childhood development classes should be compulsory starting in high school. One can’t dictate how to parent but clearly there is a place (and now is the time!) to break the cycle of violence and teach what infants and children need to grow into self confident, capable, productive and conscientious people. Infant care and needs, if not addressed, produces unbalanced and even sociopathic behavior. Good parenting practices need to be taught. Patience and nurturing need to be taught. 

    With the popularity of weapons (a coward’s way out) the days of an argument or a fistfight are gone. Testosterone and ignorance trump reason and conscience. The criminal justice system is a joke and acts as no deterrent. And it goes both ways. Criminals are created when young people are targeted and incarcerated for stupid stuff like driving without insurance or holding drugs, but then there are those with such a poor home life that there is nowhere for them to go but down.  This is not a racial thing, it’s a culture thing and a human thing. Early childhood education isn’t enough. Programs for disadvantaged youth aren’t enough. It has to start with the parents and with the absence of such, teaching young people how to parent.

  • Bydabayou

    Some people want to blame the cops. Some people want to blame the city, some people want to blame the economy. You know who I blame? The parents that created these idiots. I think it would be very interesting to interview the many violent criminals in local jails to ask just what their home life was like growing up. Until something is done to address the dismal parenting seen that produces this “culture of violence”, it will not stop, and in fact it is going to grow. First, there needs to be a campaign to convince teenagers that it is OK to use birth control, OK not to have kids as a bi-product of sex and that bringing babies into a world where the parents are unprepared and not in a stable situation and unable to afford children is not OK. Young people should be taught that delaying the “age of first reproduction” is good for the adults, who will be much better parents with maturity, good for the child and good for the future of humanity. They can be taught that it’s a good thing to have one or two children to which both parents dedicate themselves, providing for and teaching them to be responsible caring people. What is UP with these people who have children they are not interested in raising and whom they resent. Innocent children are smacked, yelled at, cursed at, harangued by parents that don’t know how to spell “nurture” much less practice it. Who hasn’t seen that in this city? And that is not even mentioning what these children witness, what sort of role models they see. Violence begets violence.

    Childhood development classes should be compulsory starting in high school. One can’t dictate how to parent but clearly there is a place (and now is the time!) to break the cycle of violence and teach what infants and children need to grow into self confident, capable, productive and conscientious people. Infant care and needs, if not addressed, produces unbalanced and even sociopathic behavior. Good parenting practices need to be taught. Patience and nurturing need to be taught. 

    With the popularity of weapons (a coward’s way out) the days of an argument or a fistfight are gone. Testosterone and ignorance trump reason and conscience. The criminal justice system is a joke and acts as no deterrent. And it goes both ways. Criminals are created when young people are targeted and incarcerated for stupid stuff like driving without insurance or holding drugs, but then there are those with such a poor home life that there is nowhere for them to go but down.  This is not a racial thing, it’s a culture thing and a human thing. Early childhood education isn’t enough. Programs for disadvantaged youth aren’t enough. It has to start with the parents and with the absence of such, teaching young people how to parent.

  • Bydabayou

    Some people want to blame the cops. Some people want to blame the city, some people want to blame the economy. You know who I blame? The parents that created these idiots. I think it would be very interesting to interview the many violent criminals in local jails to ask just what their home life was like growing up. Until something is done to address the dismal parenting seen that produces this “culture of violence”, it will not stop, and in fact it is going to grow. First, there needs to be a campaign to convince teenagers that it is OK to use birth control, OK not to have kids as a bi-product of sex and that bringing babies into a world where the parents are unprepared and not in a stable situation and unable to afford children is not OK. Young people should be taught that delaying the “age of first reproduction” is good for the adults, who will be much better parents with maturity, good for the child and good for the future of humanity. They can be taught that it’s a good thing to have one or two children to which both parents dedicate themselves, providing for and teaching them to be responsible caring people. What is UP with these people who have children they are not interested in raising and whom they resent. Innocent children are smacked, yelled at, cursed at, harangued by parents that don’t know how to spell “nurture” much less practice it. Who hasn’t seen that in this city? And that is not even mentioning what these children witness, what sort of role models they see. Violence begets violence.

    Childhood development classes should be compulsory starting in high school. One can’t dictate how to parent but clearly there is a place (and now is the time!) to break the cycle of violence and teach what infants and children need to grow into self confident, capable, productive and conscientious people. Infant care and needs, if not addressed, produces unbalanced and even sociopathic behavior. Good parenting practices need to be taught. Patience and nurturing need to be taught. 

    With the popularity of weapons (a coward’s way out) the days of an argument or a fistfight are gone. Testosterone and ignorance trump reason and conscience. The criminal justice system is a joke and acts as no deterrent. And it goes both ways. Criminals are created when young people are targeted and incarcerated for stupid stuff like driving without insurance or holding drugs, but then there are those with such a poor home life that there is nowhere for them to go but down.  This is not a racial thing, it’s a culture thing and a human thing. Early childhood education isn’t enough. Programs for disadvantaged youth aren’t enough. It has to start with the parents and with the absence of such, teaching young people how to parent.

  • geno722

    Unfortunately it really isn’t just New Orleans. Here in Memphis – where the Beale Street district is much smaller – the police and private security restrict entrance to the street; the police enforce a “no cruising” zone by blocking off streets, and still, albeit on a smaller scale, a similar incident (multiple shooting) occurred just a couple of weeks ago down at what locals call the “bad” end of Beale, with police nearby. You have to change the culture, and not just in New Orleans. Best of luck, as a “yat ex-pat” I hate to see the type of horrible publicity this event brings. Hopefully the new leadership in New Orleans will deal with this.

  • geno722

    Unfortunately it really isn’t just New Orleans. Here in Memphis – where the Beale Street district is much smaller – the police and private security restrict entrance to the street; the police enforce a “no cruising” zone by blocking off streets, and still, albeit on a smaller scale, a similar incident (multiple shooting) occurred just a couple of weeks ago down at what locals call the “bad” end of Beale, with police nearby. You have to change the culture, and not just in New Orleans. Best of luck, as a “yat ex-pat” I hate to see the type of horrible publicity this event brings. Hopefully the new leadership in New Orleans will deal with this.

  • geno722

    Unfortunately it really isn’t just New Orleans. Here in Memphis – where the Beale Street district is much smaller – the police and private security restrict entrance to the street; the police enforce a “no cruising” zone by blocking off streets, and still, albeit on a smaller scale, a similar incident (multiple shooting) occurred just a couple of weeks ago down at what locals call the “bad” end of Beale, with police nearby. You have to change the culture, and not just in New Orleans. Best of luck, as a “yat ex-pat” I hate to see the type of horrible publicity this event brings. Hopefully the new leadership in New Orleans will deal with this.

  • geno722

    Unfortunately it really isn’t just New Orleans. Here in Memphis – where the Beale Street district is much smaller – the police and private security restrict entrance to the street; the police enforce a “no cruising” zone by blocking off streets, and still, albeit on a smaller scale, a similar incident (multiple shooting) occurred just a couple of weeks ago down at what locals call the “bad” end of Beale, with police nearby. You have to change the culture, and not just in New Orleans. Best of luck, as a “yat ex-pat” I hate to see the type of horrible publicity this event brings. Hopefully the new leadership in New Orleans will deal with this.

  • geno722

    Unfortunately it really isn’t just New Orleans. Here in Memphis – where the Beale Street district is much smaller – the police and private security restrict entrance to the street; the police enforce a “no cruising” zone by blocking off streets, and still, albeit on a smaller scale, a similar incident (multiple shooting) occurred just a couple of weeks ago down at what locals call the “bad” end of Beale, with police nearby. You have to change the culture, and not just in New Orleans. Best of luck, as a “yat ex-pat” I hate to see the type of horrible publicity this event brings. Hopefully the new leadership in New Orleans will deal with this.

  • geno722

    Unfortunately it really isn’t just New Orleans. Here in Memphis – where the Beale Street district is much smaller – the police and private security restrict entrance to the street; the police enforce a “no cruising” zone by blocking off streets, and still, albeit on a smaller scale, a similar incident (multiple shooting) occurred just a couple of weeks ago down at what locals call the “bad” end of Beale, with police nearby. You have to change the culture, and not just in New Orleans. Best of luck, as a “yat ex-pat” I hate to see the type of horrible publicity this event brings. Hopefully the new leadership in New Orleans will deal with this.