According to Mayor LaToya Catrell, Shaun Ferguson , the New Orleans Police Chief, will be retiring at the end this year amid mounting pressure.
“The City will soon say goodbye to Shaun Ferguson, a great leader and great partner. Superintendent Shaun Ferguson will be retiring at the end this year after 24 years of dedicated service to the City. “He gave his best to this city – safety and well-being of all residents and visitors was always his highest priority,” Cantrell stated in a Tuesday statement.
Cantrell named Ferguson chief in January 2019, to replace outgoing Chief Michael Harrison . Harrison had previously accepted the position as Baltimore’s police chief.
J.P. Morrell, Vice President of the City Council, called for Ferguson’s resignation as the council approved the $1.5 billion budget. $25 million would be used to fund a retention and recruitment incentive package.
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Morrell stated, “You can fix the Titanic’s hull over and over again, but if it is driven into an iceberg by the captain, nothing will change.”
Morrell is just one of many New Orleanians who are unhappy with Cantrell’s direction of the “Big Easy” in the wake of recent crime spikes and criticisms of Cantrell’s travel spending.
“The resignation by Chief Ferguson is another loss for the New Orleans Police Department. This department continues to hemorhage amid record-breaking crime in New Orleans.” Bayou Mama Bears founder Laura Cannizzaro Rodrigue told Fox News Digital. “Chief Ferguson accepted the position while the NOPD was subject to a federal consent decree. This decree remains in effect, continues to cripple and will be remembered for being one of our greatest failures. While the Mayor will appoint a new chief police officer, until the federal consent decree is lifted, we are simply rearranging furniture aboard the Titanic.
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New Orleans is the murder capital of America in September 2022. There has been a 141% rise in homicides in New Orleans compared to the past.
The Metropolitan Crime Commission reports that there were 52 homicides per 100,000 people as of September 11, 2022. This is according to data from this organization, which tracks crime and tries to reduce it.
St. According to the data from St. Louis Police Department, there were almost 45 homicides per 100,000 people as of Sept. 17. Comparatively, Chicago has almost 18 homicides per 100,000 residents while New York City has 3.5.
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Fox News Digital reached out to Ferguson & Morrell for comments.
Fox News’ Jasmine Baehr, and Adam Sabes contributed this report.