Is Councilman Green Calling for Martial Law in District F?
One Shreveport Council Member wants an emergency declared in his district because of high crime numbers.
James Green is urging his colleagues to declare a state of emergency in District F. He is calling on the Police Chief to "devise a plan with the City Marshall along with the Sheriff, federal authorities and state police to eliminate rampant crime in District F".
District F includes police districts 7, 8 and most of 9.
The resolution is confusing in the way it's worded:
WHEREAS, from January 2018 through June 2019, the Shreveport Police Department reports the following crime statistics for Police Districts 7, 8 and 9: nineteen homicides, 54 rapes, 121 persons robbed, 17 businesses robbed, 198 aggravated batteries, 233 aggravated assaults, 539 residential burglaries, 164 business burglaries, 4 purses snatched, 485 instances of shoplifting, 91 thefts from businesses and 526 thefts from residences, 207 automobiles accessories theft, 725 packages or other items taken from automobiles, 277 automobiles stolen and 381 reports of general theft.
Those numbers outlined in the resolution are for the past 18 months. Here are the stats for the first 6 months of this year.
Here are the full numbers for 2018:
Here's the breakdown of the police districts:
Green also says school truancy is a problem which can result in crime. He says some students leave school during the school day and commit burglaries and other crimes, engage in fights and disturb the peace.