Please check out NolaChick's site and her post on the recent murder of her former co-worker, Keedy.
Right now the murder rate for 2007 is at 17.
The march made me as proud as I've ever felt to be a New Orleanian, but something has been gnawing at me since. Bart told the Mayor we will be watching you. Good...but if the city fails to show progress... at what point do we escalate?
It's a common occurrence in New Orleans....we get pissed off, we demand better....and nothing happens. I've watched this pattern for three years in our public school system.
I would propose that if we are going to hold Nagin and Riley accountable on their efforts to curtail crime in this city, we should set markers. If they fail to meet those markers....we march again and demand to know why progress wasn't made.
One month into 2007, the number is @ 17. That rate would put us at 204 murders by year's end, but I would bet that the summer months will show a serious increase.
If we are truly going to hold them accountable...I think we need to set the bar. Ideally, not a single murder is acceptable. But in reality I would like to set a standard for what we as a community consider progress. I think we should quantify this administration's performance....perhaps quarterly (every 3 months). This mayor originally ran on the platform of being a business man, he should understand that businesses are held accountable by their quarterly reports...they have projections and goals to meet.
Quantifying human life sounds morbid, but I don't know of any other way to judge this administration's performance.
So I would ask the question....what is an acceptable number of murders in a three month period which would reflect progress on the part of this administration? Or six months? Do we gauge it from previous year's murder rates? It's a tough question, but it would provide a quantifiable method of accountability. Nagin can laud all the new measures he's taking to curtail the problem, but the results are what he should be judged by. If he doesn't meet the goals...we march again...and again...until we see results.
By June....what will be an acceptable number that shows true progress?