New Orleans is now known as the murder capital of the U.S. with homicides hitting a number not seen since the 1990s. NBC’s Valerie Castro reports on why concerned residents are demanding action and calling for new city leadership.
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>>, THE, POLICE, ARE, GOING, TO, CATCH, THE, CARJACKERS, AND, PUT, THEM, A, HOME, THEY, NEED, TO, HAVE, CONSEQUENCES, FOR, THEIR, ACTIONS., >>, Reporter:, EARLIER, THIS, MONT, THE, MAYOR, I, ANNOUNCING, A, VIOLENT, CRIME, TASK, FORCE, CHARGED, WIT, MAKING, RECOMMENDATIONS, T, IMPROVE, THE, STATUS, QUO, WITH, TH, 60-DAY, DEADLINE, FOR, RESULTS., >>, WE're, DRIVING, DOWN, TH, STREET, WE, HAVE, TO, BE, AWARE., SO, WHAT's, THE, PLAN, IS, IT, A, PART, OF, THE, NEW, TASK, FORCE, TO, DEAL, WITH, CARJACKINGS, >>, WE, KNOW, THE, MAYOR, ANNOUNCED, THE, TASK, FORCE, A, COUPLE, OF, WEEKS, AGO., IS, THAT GOING TO BE ENOUGH TO REALLY TURN THINGS AROUND >>, NO, ONE, COMPONENT, IS, GOING, T, BE, ENOUGH., >>, Reporter:, OLIVER, THOMAS, LEADS, THE, CRIMINAL, JUSTICE, COMMITTEE, WHAT, HAS, HAPPENED, IN, NEW, ORLEANS, THAT, HAS, GOTTEN, IT, TO, THE, PLAC, THAT, IT, IS, TODAY, >>, THERE, ARE, SEVERAL, CONTRIBUTING, FACTORS, WE, WENT, FROM, 1,300, 1,400, POLICE, OFFICERS, DOWN, TO, ABOUT, 940., DOWN, TO, ABOUT, 940., KEITH, MORRISON:, >>, Reporter:, NEW, ORLEANS, BEGAN, ENFORCING, A, 9:00, P.M, CURFEW, FOR, THOSE, 16, AND, UNDER, >>, Reporter:, RECALLING, WOODWOR, IN, THE, LATE, 90s, TO, BRING, DOW, CRIME., >>, ONCE, IT, WAS, STABILIZED, A, LOT, OF, THE, TIMES, THOSE, PROBLEMS, WENT, AWAY, IF, THAT, CONTINUED, YOU, WOULD, HAVE, SEEN, A, SAFER, CITY, FOR, A, LONG, TIME, AND, WE, WOULD, NOT, BE, EXPERIENCING, THIS, EXPLOSIO, RIGHT, NOW, PERIOD., >>, Reporter:, WHETHER, IT's, HIRING, MORE, OFFICERS, OR, EARLY, YOUTH, INTERVENTIONS, THE, CALL, FOR, NE, LEADERSHIP, IS, ECHOING, LOUDLY, >>, IT's, GOING, TO, TAKE, QUITE, TH, PERSON, TO, STEP, UP, FOR, THE, JOB, BUT, WE, NEED, SOMEONE, TO, COME, IN, AND, KLINE, UP, THE, CITY?, >>, Reporter:, SOME, VISITORS, REMAIN, BLISSFULLY, UNAWARE, OF, THE, STATISTICS, SEEKING, OUT, THE, CHARM, AND, TH, CULTURE, OF, THE, CITY., BUT THOSE WHO KNOW IT WELL WARNING UNLESS REAL CHANGES AR, MADE, FEW, WILL, BE, SAFE, >>, AND, IT, CANNOT, BE, ALLOWE, BECAUSE, NOBODY, IS, SAFE, YOU, THINK, YOU, ARE, UNTIL, IT, HAPPENS, TO, YOU, AND, TRUST, ME, YOU, WON't, SEE, IT, COMING, WHEN, YOU, GET, SOME, AWFUL, PHONE, CALLS, >>, VALERIE, CASTRO, JOINING, US, LIVE, FROM, NEW, ORLEANS, TONIGHT., IT's, SO, SADDENING, TO, SEE, WHAT', HAPPENING, THERE., THE, NEW, ANTI-VIOLENCE, TASK, FORCE, YOU, TALKED, ABOUT, IT, I, YOUR, REPORT., HAVE, THEY, BEEN, ABLE, TO, MAKE, AN, CONCRETE, IMPROVEMENT, IS, THERE, ANY, DATA?, >>, Reporter:, WELL, TOM, REACHED, OUT, TO, THE, MAYOR's, OFFICE, TO, FIND, OUT, WHAT, THEY're, DEFINING, AS, TRENDS, IN, SUCCESS, THE, SPOKESPERSON, GOT, BACK, TO, U, AND, SAID, SINCE, THE, TASK, FORC, WAS, CREATED, A, COUPLE, OF, WEEK, AGO, 30, ABANDONED, VEHICLES, HAV, BEEN, REMOVED, FROM, CITY, STREETS, BROKEN, STREET, LIGHTS, HAVE, BEEN, FIXED, IN, AREAS, THAT, AR, CONSIDERED, HIGH, CRIME., BUT, THAT, DOESN't, SEEM, TO, B, DOING, ANYTHING, TO, COMBAT, THE, MURDERS., THERE, WAS, A, MAN, KILLED, JUS, YESTERDAY, AFTERNOON., >>, ONE, OF, THE, THINGS, THAT, I, TOOK, AWAY, FROM, YOUR, REPORT, IS, WHE, YOU, SPOKE, TO, THAT, CITY, COUNCIL, MEMBER, OLIVER, THOMAS, AND, THE, STAT HE CITED.
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The city ended the year with a rate of 70 homicides per 100,000 residents. Homicides: 280 Shooting: 482 Carjacking: 279 Robbery: 541According to preliminary crime statistics compiled by the department for 2022, the NOPD responded to 4,379 incidents citywide classified as auto thefts.What city has the highest murder rate per capital? ›
(The Center Square) – Chicago recorded 697 total homicides in 2022, far more than any other city in the United States, but New Orleans had the highest murder rate per capita, according to a new report from a nonprofit research group.What state has the highest murders? ›
Homicide victim demographics
Louisiana was the most dangerous state with 15.8 murders per 100,000 residents, while New Hampshire was the safest with a murder rate of 0.9 per 100,000 population.
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans has become the homicide capital of the country.Which state has the most murders per capita? ›
This is a list of U.S. states and territories by intentional homicide rate as of 2020, and according to the 2020 FBI Uniform Crime Report,the murder rate in Louisiana was higher than any other U.S. state for the 32nd straight year.Is New Orleans crime getting worse? ›
New Orleans saw four fewer murders in October and November than over the same period last year, according to NOPD data. Even so, the city's murder rate is up 20% this year, rivaled only by St. Louis, Asher projects. And since 2019, the rate is up more than 120%.What is the US murder capital? ›
Chicago has led the nation for the 11th straight year, the report concluded. Wirepoints, an Illinois-based research group, found that New Orleans (280) had the highest murder rate per capita in the U.S, with 74.3 homicides per 100,000 people, The Center Square reported.What is the top 10 murder rate in the US? ›
The states with the highest murder rates in the United States are Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alaska, Maryland, Oklahoma, Mississippi and North Carolina, but it is the District of Columbia that has the highest murder rate in the US, with a rate of 49.2 murder per 100,000 people.What big city in the US has the most crime? ›
- Violent crime rate: 1,927 per 100,000 inhabitants.
- Property crime rate: 6,183 per 100,000 inhabitants.
- Notable issue: The city has the highest homicide rate in the country.
Most Dangerous States In America
The most dangerous state in America is California with 3,498 homicides. Coming in the second position is Texas with 2,993 homicides.
1. Alaska. The most dangerous state in the US is Alaska, having the highest combined violent and property crime rate out of any state. Out of a population of 736,081, Alaska's crime rate was 32.14 per 1,000 people in 2022, making it the state with the highest crime rate.Which US cities have the most murders? ›
- Louisville, Kentucky. ...
- Washington, D.C. ...
- Detroit, Michigan. ...
- Kansas City, Missouri. Murders in 2023: 96. ...
- Indianapolis, Indiana. Murders in 2023: 96. ...
- New York City, New York. Murders in 2023: 100. ...
- Los Angeles, California. Murders in 2023: 102. ...
- Houston, Texas. Murders in 2023: 109.
In New Orleans, city officials and residents point to an overwhelmed police department as a major factor. The city has about 50% to 60% of the officers it needs to offer adequate protection for residents, estimates Ronal Serpas, who was the city's police superintendent from 2010 to 2014.When did New Orleans have the highest murder rate? ›
All-time high in 90s
The all-time high murder count was in 1994, when New Orleans police said 424 people were killed. That amounts to almost 86 out of 100,000 people in the city at the time. Read more about the violence in the 90s.
The downtown areas of New Orleans, which usually encompass the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, the Garden District, and other parts along the Mississippi River, are mostly safe. However, be careful of petty crime, as criminals target tourists in these areas.What is the per capita murder rate in Louisiana? ›
The state of Louisiana has 19.9 homicides per 100,000 people, according to a study based on 2020 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The total population in Louisiana was 4,657,757, according to 2020 census data. Mississippi's homicide rate is 20.5 and Arkansas's is 13.What was the highest murder rate in New Orleans? ›
The all-time high murder count was in 1994, when New Orleans police said 424 people were killed. That amounts to almost 86 out of 100,000 people in the city at the time. Read more about the violence in the 90s.What city has the highest murder rate per 100000? ›
In 2023, Celaya in Mexico ranked as the world's most dangerous city with a homicide rate of 109.4 per 100,000 inhabitants. The six cities with the highest murder rates worldwide are all found in Mexico. The list does not include countries where war and conflict exist.What city has the worst crime rate per capita in the US? ›
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