New Orleans East community gathers to bring attention to the violent crime happening around them

New Orleans East community gathers to bring attention to the violent crime happening around them

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - People who live in New Orleans East are tired of being scared. They say the violence that unfolds around them every day is too much.

“We’ve been victims of crime three times,” says Monique Cook.

“The community has concerns. They have demands and this is our call for help,” says Anthony Jackson.

On this MLK day, they say now is the perfect time to stand up and demand change.

“I thought about what would Dr. King say if he was alive about what’s taking place in our community. Is this how he wanted his legacy to go on?” says Jackson.

Brazen armed robberies, carjackings, and homicides are happening at an alarming rate across New Orleans.

A 14-year-old was shot and killed on Christmas night. A woman was shot and killed during an attempted carjacking. Police say it happened at the hands of a 15-year-old boy.

“We have countless examples of innocent people who didn’t deserve to lose their lives,” says Jackson.

In an effort to raise awareness, the community came together to call on city leaders for help.

“We need our public officials to be held accountable. This is not about politics,” says Jackson.

Still, several neighborhood organizations say they’re stepping up to offer solutions that involve the community.

“If ya’ll don’t want to see these kids continue to rob cars, kill each other and have it out for us, step up. What are you doing within your business? What are you doing in your community?” says Brideisha Parker.

“We just want to help the parents, community, and the children because these are our future leaders and we have to get behind them,” says Jackson.

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