Wednesday, August 1, 2007

5TH DISTRICT: POST-KATRINA AUGUST 2007

DAY 1



"The 5th District consists of six square miles and was home to about 88,000 people, many of them from low-income families that have lived there for generations."

CITY NEEDS POLICE STATIONS BACK

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Our 5th District New Orleans police officers are presently working out of trailers with limited resources and technology (as are the 3rd and 7th district officers and the crime lab). It is imperative that the bureaucracy that has limited the move back to a building needs to be held accountable.

Whatever the reasons for holding up the renovations, they are unacceptable to citizens who depend upon the police for our safety and well-being.

We understand that our officers are doing the best they can with the resources they have, but the reality is that we cannot fully address crime prevention if the police don’t have adequate shelter and resources.

If we are committed to decreasing crime in the city, the city leadership must make the renovations of the district command buildings a priority.

We value our 5th District officers too much to let this issue go on any longer. We expect a realistic plan and timeline for these police officers to get back into their building ASAP.

Kerrie Ramsdell Chairwoman Marigny Crime Prevention Committee New Orleans





The New Orleans Police Department's 5th District is bordered by the Mississippi River on the south, Gentilly Blvd. on the north, Elysian Fields Ave. / St. Bernard Ave. on the west and the Orleans Parish / St. Bernard Parish Line on the east. The neighborhoods of the Fifth District consist of Fauborg Marigny, Bywater, Holy Cross, Gentilly, the 8th Ward, the Ninth Ward and the Desire and Florida public housing developments.



"Restrooms"
First responder treatment for the 5th district police force 2 years after Katrina.







"The empty 5th district police building."
Since hurricane Katrina and the flooding from the levee breaks -there is no visual proof that anything is being done to restore this much needed facility.




"Sadly, the dominating legacy of the Lower Ninth Ward (part of the 5th district) in recent decades is crime, specifically homicide. "

From January of 2007 to June 22 2007 there have been 21 documented murders in the 5th District. I believe the number is up around 23 as of this posting. I am waiting for official verification. Even so - 21 murders. Can you imagine the stress levels for the 5th district police officers? Now add in the armed robberies, robberies, rapes, domestic abuse incidents, natural death and other emergencies these officers have been dealing with since Katrina.

Here is the proverbial "insult added to the injury" - with all these officers are dealing with, 2 years after Katrina, the police officers of the 5th district are still working out of TRAILERS and using PORT-A-POTTIES as restrooms, worse still, they do not have all the equipment and technology they need to do their work efficiently.


Dedicated to the officers of the 5th District New Orleans:

The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.

--Martin Luther King, Jr., 27 January 1965


Thank you for the dedication and courage needed to work in such horrendous conditions.

In Peace. In Grief. In Solidarity.
Claiborne Street 70117

1 comment:

Planetary Sister said...

An update from your Planetary Sister:

"68% of the New Orleans police officers are still living in FEMA trailers."

Brian Kern Sr.
First Responders Fund


Note: I have listed their website because I feel their intentions are for supporting the first responders which is really important in New Orleans.

I will tell you that when I visited the site I felt really uncomfortable with the picture layout - especially the permanent pictures under the headings "WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE DO".

I was a bit taken aback by the first 2 Caucasian images and then the 1 Black American (whose face is blocked), which in my opinion are not representative of the police force in New Orleans that I have seen in the streets.

These pictures, in my opinion would be a more accurate representation of the racial make-up of New Orleans if the layout was of the first 2 officers as Black American New Orleanians and then the third being a Caucasian New Orleanian.

To tell you the truth, the pictures surprised me and subtlety, I felt they were racist.

Being who I am, I would like to believe it was unconsciously intended by whomever created the webpage, as if it was their version of the "ideal" images they felt belonged on the page, perhaps for marketing purposes.

Yet I tell you, I had chills when I first saw the images and then related them to who I see in the police vehicles on the streets of New Orleans, mostly, I see the Caucasian officers uptown - rarely in mid-city and the 9th Ward.

Seeing these images of predominately Caucasian police officers - who are the minority race - seems to me to be a mirroring of a racial "ideal" of the webpage creator/marketer rather than the reality of the racial makeup on the ground.

In Peace.