Mayor Cantrell addresses crime spike

Mayor Cantrell addresses crime spike

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A homicide in Holy Cross Thursday night marked the 101st of the year, and continues a sudden surge in violence.

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell said she is asking for new strategies to combat the crime.

Five days after the mass shooting on South Claiborne, she spoke publicly about them for the first time.

She said the crime problem requires a holistic approach, looking at everything from juvenile crime to domestic violence.

Cantrell also said she's been in constant contact with NOPD leadership, and has asked Chief Michael Harrison for a new strategy.

"What's happening behind the scenes, I told the chief we have to do things differently," said Cantrell. "I'm not a show person, I'm not a big talker, I'm about action."

Cantrell said she has put more resources into the real time crime center, which watches more than 200 crime cameras in the city.

Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reserved.