Newell Normand: Talking violent crime...and love for N.O. with NOPD Chief Harrison

Newell Normand
October 24, 2017 - 5:45 am

Newell Normand & Chief Harrison talk violent crime….and love for N.O.

Newell sat down with NOPD Chief Michael Harrison, talking about the tragic death of NOPD Officer Marcus McNeil…and violence and the crime in this city that we love.  Here are Newell’s HOT TAKES:

*From what I hear from everyone…Officer Marcus McNeil was an incredible young man.  He touched so many lives. I went to the visitation and spoke to his colleagues and I was very moved.  It was refreshing to me and comforting to me, when I was actually supposed to be comforting them.

*There's this push/pull, political tug-of-war and a lot of anger every time there's a police-related shooting, yet when we have moments like this…when a good police officer is slain while serving his community…we don't see the same level of anger.

* We get a lot questions--why?  Why do we have this crime?  Whether it’s white-on-white, black-on-black, whatever…in my view, crime is crime.  Race doesn't matter.

*If only we accepted in our neighborhoods what we accept in our homes, we could win this battle.  So often these conflicts are between young people involved in the drug culture – they’re crimes that at the end of the day are about wine, women, and song – they’re personal.  And, at the heart of it all - they have no clue what respect is.

*This madness that infiltrates and penetrates our neighborhoods stems from a lack of respect.  Young people with little respect for anybody or anything…engage in conduct where they shoot other people, beat other people….because they want what they want when they want it.  It's a very ME-oriented society…a ME point of view.  They think if it's good for them, it has to be good for everybody else.  It just doesn't make any sense.

*The Criminal Intelligence Center is something we created in Jefferson Parish, and NOPD was one of our first partners.  It's an effort to break down some of those barriers between parish lines, so that we can have a more seamless operation throughout the whole area.  They do great work, and it's really the backbone of intelligence led policing for many departments.

*At the end of the interview NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison thanked Newell:  “I want to say this is the first time I’ve been able to sit with you during your show.  You’ve been a good friend to me – professionally and personally.  Your agency has been a good friend to our agency.  And, when I became Chief…I was a brand new Chief and you were a veteran, seasoned Sheriff.  Everything I ever asked of you – you gave me.  You came to my help and my rescue.  I just want to say – from the bottom of my heart – I really appreciate that.” 

*Newell’s response:  “That’s very kind of you, Chief.  This place that we call home – I love.  I don’t know any other place.  I was actually born in Los Angeles, but moved here before I was one.  It's the only place I've ever known, and I love this place.  We need to all love this place…we need to all love and care for this place.”

*Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone with NOPD and in the law enforcement community. 

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