America’s New Murder Capital: New Orleans

America's New Murder Capital: New Orleans

Look What Just Became America’s Most Dangerous City

( – Over the last several years, the media has reported on the exploding violent crimes in cities such as Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Yet, many don’t report on crime in smaller metro areas. On September 11, New Orleans replaced St. Louis as the murder capital of America. So, how do smaller cities eclipse their larger counterparts?

Officials use a metric to determine the violent crime problem within a city. So far, in 2022, New Orleans has experienced 205 murders. That equals 52 homicides per 100,000. St. Louis recorded 45 per 100,000 citizens. Baltimore wasn’t far behind with 40 murders per 100,000. Surprisingly, Chicago had 18 per 100,000 residents despite the Windy City’s total of 448 homicides as of September 1.

So far this year, the Big Easy has experienced a 141% increase in homicides. In addition, residents experienced a 100% increase in shootings when comparing 2019 with 2022. To deal with the problem, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell hired the former head of the New York City Police Department’s patrol division, Fausto Pichardo, as a prevention consultant. In a 10-page report, Pichardo said people who call the police for help wouldn’t get it. He said that must change immediately if officials are serious about protecting their tourism industry and ensuring visitors don’t become victims. New Orleans police say it may not be feasible.

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