NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - As the NOPD deals with scrutiny over a recent crime spree in the French Quarter and surrounding areas, police say their newly-strengthened Violent Crime Task Force arrested eight people over the weekend.
Meanwhile, tensions in the historic district are high as crimes seem to be more brazen in populated areas. The latest armed holdup was just feet from Jackson Square.
Police say it was almost 9 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of Decatur Street when an armed white man confronted another man passing by. The man demanded the victim's money and fled.
"I'm actually not surprised at all," said a visitor from Vancouver, Canada. "It happens regardless of where you are, no matter what city you're in."
City leaders say the answer is more boots on the ground. A new recruit class of 29 will go through 23 weeks of training and add to the 1,160 police on the streets. Mayor Mitch Landrieu has also made it clear he wants more help from State Police in theQuarter.
"The French Quarter is a National Historic District, and we encourage State Police to continue to think about that and reach out to the governor and make sure he knows that the Quarter generates a half-billion dollars to the State of Louisiana, and it's an asset that belongs to all of us," Landrieu said.
Landrieu sent Jindal a letter last week requesting that the state troopers be allowed to stay in the city full time.