Police Chief Shaun Ferguson spoke briefly about stories of looting throughout a public security replace alongside metropolis leaders and officers throughout a information convention.
“We proceed to make quite a few looting arrests all through the weekend and can proceed to take action,” he mentioned, with out disclosing what number of arrests have been made.
The police division is working with the National Guard and different businesses to discourage and reply to stories of looting as elements of the town are nonetheless with out energy and important providers.
He additionally famous that residents and enterprise homeowners have reported burglaries as they return to their houses and companies. Within the occasion the town’s 8 p.m. curfew is lifted previous to energy not being absolutely restored, authorities will “put in place a deployment” of regulation enforcement and Guard troopers to deal with and deter any looting in these communities, the chief mentioned.
Final week, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman told WWL-TV that 40 folks had been arrested for looting within the metropolis. Officers have pushed again that there was widespread looting.
“There isn’t a widespread looting. There’s widespread empathy and group cooperation,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell informed reporters final week.
Hurricane Ida has claimed not less than 66 lives, destroyed houses and flooded many neighborhoods in its wake.