New Orleans Urges Sales Tax Hike Support To Fund French Quarter Police

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New Orleans has always been a high-crime city. Many people of had enough, and they’re getting creative. There’s a new crime-fighting app. And tomorrow, there will be a vote on a proposed tax to pay for police patrols in the French Quarter. Reporter Jesse Hardman sent us this story.

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JESSE HARDMAN, BYLINE: On a warm, autumn night, a crown of a hundred people congregates at a park in New Orleans’ St. Roch neighborhood. There’s a barbecue and a high school marching band – pretty standard fare for this lively city. But the mayor, police superintendent and other top officials shuffle their leather shoes across the baseball outfield. City councilmember Jason Williams steps up to a PA system.

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