New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu hosted a community meeting Monday night to discuss issues plaguing the city.
Dozens of concerned citizens turned out at First Emmanuel Baptist Church in Central City.
The topics discussed during public comment included racial profiling, violence, and the city’s murder rate.
Mayor Landrieu spoke passionately about the need to reduce the murder rate.
“Since 1980, the average number of death has been 250 every year; unrelenting deaths every year. Day after day after day after day and nobody is matching about that,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas vowed to continue efforts to reform the police department.
“There’s no question in my mind that there is not an occasion when a police officer judges somebody by their race, or their age, or their look or their height; and my commitment to you is to run that out,” Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.
Both city and community leaders agree, change and reform are more likely to happen through the collective effort of every sector of the community.