Monday, January 08, 2007

New Orleans crime rate skyrockets

Crime: They are looking at putting on a curfew.

With at least eight slayings in the city in the first week of the new year, officials are considering a curfew to help stem the violence, the police superintendent said Saturday. "It's something we're just sort of talking about, to see if that will make a difference," police Superintendent Warren Riley said. Mayor Ray Nagin, meanwhile, urged residents not to leave the city, still rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, because of the recent killings. He said the slayings could be a tipping point that "galvanizes our community" to find solutions. Some residents have called for a march on City Hall on Thursday to demand action to curb the violence.

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