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Angela Hill

Tune in to "An Open Mind" for in-depth interviews and lively discussions about the things, people and events in our community!

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Angela: Domestic violence firestorm - how many Janay Rices are there?

A video of former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his wife Janay and knocking her out, then dragging her from an elevator, has created a firestorm around a vicious form of violence -- domestic abuse. The Rice family is caught in that firestorm. The abuser left without a job; dropped from commercial endorsements and suspended from the NFL indefinitely; the victim pleading for mercy, feeling embarrassed, isolated & victimized again by millions who say they care. And, a child, Rayven Rice, is caught in the eye of the storm.

The NFL is scrambling to deal with it all amid cries for Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign for a lack of leadership; mishandling the situation; and questions about what he knew when. Many say this investigation was botched from the beginning and represents a failure of the justice system and a failure of the sport.

Women, men, anyone sensitive to the issue of domestic violence are enraged, as are fans, coaches and players of the game of football. Stores are offering rebates for Ray Rice jerseys, and two Twitter campaigns, #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft ruled social media over the past couple of days. So much pain. So much fury. So many questions.

How many Janay Rices are there? According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 3 American women will experience some form of domestic abuse. 4.7 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year; women 18-24 are most at risk. And, the heartbreaker--since 1996, the national hotline for domestic violence received 3 million calls, but only 55% of cases of domestic violence are ever reported to police.

In crisis, there is usually a silver lining. This national controversy is personal to so many Americans, and many say this one incident has shined the light on a public crisis. Perhaps this national conversation and conversations like the ones we're having on WWL radio about domestic abuse will save a life, help a victim, change a heart, turn a head… create action.

Why do women like Janay Rice stay? Why do men like Ray Rice abuse? Is there a prototype of a victim and an abuser?

Many who were abused, fear they'll become abusers… is that fear legitimate? Is it often realized? If you had to guess… was Ray Rice abused? Did he witness abuse as a child? Did his wife witness abuse, then learn to expect it?

Did the NFL or Roger Goodell put business and the law ahead of doing the right thing? What should their immediate response have been? What actions should they take now? Are calls for the Commissioner to resign realistic or outrageous? Is he a man who made a mistake, or a leader who was mis-lead by his team?

In this video, we see a blatant example of domestic violence, but domestic abuse takes many forms. Not just physical, but emotional and mental. This is a game of control, right?

If you were sitting alone with Janay Rice right now… what would you tell her? What advice would you give her? Would you tell her to leave her husband?

If you were sitting alone with Ray Rice right now… what would you tell him? What advice would you give him?

If you were in charge of the future of their little girl, Rayven Rice… what would your demand be?

If you could take one action to help victims of domestic abuse… either legally, socially, via the NFL… what would you do?

20 years ago the Violence Against Women Act was signed. It gives funding for shelters, gives prosecutors & police more power, and allows order of protection to follow a person from state to state.

But is this enough? To help understand the issue, we sat down with Beth Meeks of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Mary Claire Landry of the New Orleans Family Justice Center, Charmaine Caccioppe and Kim Sport of the United Way about what can be done about domestic violence. You can listen to our conversation by clicking the link below.

FULL AUDIO: Angela talks to domestic violence and abuse experts
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Angela: Now that Uber Black is coming to New Orleans, what's next?

Uber, the car service you contact with a smartphone app, has been OK'd to come into the city on a limited basis; Uber Black is the limousine service offered by Uber, and it will be a reality on New Orleans streets in the near future.

Many feel now that Uber Black has been approved 4-3 in the City Council, it's just a matter of time before Uber X gets here, and Uber X drivers will compete directly with local taxi companies. Many feel that Uber X drivers won't have to adhere to the strict standards that taxi companies have to live with.

Why did the City Council vote on, exactly? What will the Uber Black drivers charge, and how will they be regulated? Will Uber do what it has done in other cities and use Uber Black as a sort of foothold for the larger Uber X service?

Of course, competition in the marketplace is good, and there has been criticism that New Orleans taxi cabs sometimes don't come when called and don't serve certain areas of the city. Are those questions that the taxi companies can address?

If Uber doesn't have to follow the rules and regulations that taxis do, why not just drop the rules altogether?

We first asked some of these questions on "An Open Mind" nearly six months ago. To help clear things up we asked City Councilwoman Susan Guidry on the program, as well as Nawlins Cab owner Sheree Kerner. Nawlins Cab already has an app that users can tap to order a taxi but still has serious concerns about the future of the taxi industry in New Orleans should Uber swoop in and do what it's done in other places like Dallas. We also invited the local Uber General Manager and also Ryan Berni of the Mayor's Office to help us understand but heard back from neither.


Click the link below to listen to the entire interview.

FULL AUDIO: Angela talks about Uber with Susan Guidry and Sheree Kerner

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Angela: Finally, some straight talk about guns and the legal use of force

There have been a number of cases of late where citizens have defended themselves gainst those they say were going to hurt them, or were stealing from them.

We remember the story of Merrit Landry, who fired on and injured a young boy who had jumped over his fence in the Faubourg Marigny.

Another couple sitting on their own back porch are herded into their own home by a man with a gun... the husband gets his own gun and shoots the intruder.

A local minister sees two men stealing copper from the A/C units of his church. He gets his gun, shoots at them as they flee, hitting on in the head. The minister was later arrested. What would you have done?

What are the laws exactly? When can you shoot? When does the law define the use of force?

The answers to these questions aren't always easy to come by, even in law enforcement. We need to educate ourselves about this.

Today, we talked to criminal defense Attorney Robert Jenkins, a former state public defender; former assistant US attorney and WWL-TV Legal Analyst Donald "Chick" Foret; and Dave Newman, a certified pistol instructor registered with the Louisiana State Police and owner of Concealed Carry NOLA.

If you've ever had a question about how to use a gun to protect yourself and stay on the right side of the law, you cannot miss this episode of "An Open Mind." Click the link below to listen.

FULL AUDIO: Angela talks to the experts about gun rights and the use of force
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Angela: Can NOPD's Interim Chief makes us feel safer?

Michael Harrison became an NOPD officer 23 years ago, and today he is interim Chief.

Why did he want to become a cop?  What was it about the world of law enforcement that called him?  And now equally importantly… why does he want to be Chief?  I ask that not to be facetious - this is a tough job in very tough times.

A community is crying out for more; more officers in neighborhoods, more caring and committed officers and more money for cops who will stay.

Officers are crying out as they struggle to make enough money through the new office handling details… with pervasive morale issues and with their own frustrations from not enough police on the force.

In a city with so much going right, the number of people shooting others continues to haunt us. Children are killed and maimed, women are slaughtered, and our sense of security in every neighborhood is shattered.

Michael Harrison has been around a long time. He has worked from the ground up. Yet, he is a new set of eyes when it comes to leading us out of the complexity of this situation.  

How can he make us feel safer?  How can he make the men and women in blue feel better? And, what does he think can be done to stop the madness on the streets?

FULL AUDIO: Angela talks with NOPD's Interim Chief Michael Harrison

 
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Angela: Violent crime - what we don't handle eventually handles us

It was another weekend in the Crescent City filled with gun shots, meaningless death, children mangled with bullets and any number of broken hearts. 

We’ve been here before… many times before.  Same song, different verse. Drugs, guns, death. Anger, no value for life, no living life with value.

READ MORE: Police, mayor discuss New Orleans weekend killings

Is it so common now that after the initial “oh no,” we don’t give it another thought?

Unless the slaughter was on our street or in our neighborhood… unless the bullets are in our children… do we dismiss it as just another sad/bad action by people who will never cross our path?

7 people shot in one drive by; 2 toddlers seriously wounded… a weekend of violence totaling 16 shot and 5 dead. Are we so numbed by such an event that our next thought after we hear this is 'what are we having for dinner?' Are we really that desensitized?

Or, is it that we have no hope for change in behavior that is so against basic human decency, that we no longer hear cries for help?

What you don’t handle eventually handles you, so let’s talk about it.   

Join me for a 2 hour special today with my special guests: Captain Black with Brothers Against Crime; Darlene Cusanza with Crimestoppers; community activist Al Mims; and Reverend Ed Thompson with All Souls Church in the 9th Ward. I want to hear from you too…do you worry that crime could spread or is spreading to your neighborhood?  If you witnessed a violent crime, would you say something or suffer in fear?   Call us 504-260-1870, toll free at 866-889-0870 or text 870870.  

FULL AUDIO: Angela 2pm, New Orleans crime roundtable

FULL AUDIO: Angela 3pm, New Orleans crime roundtable

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Angela: Leonard Galmond beats the odds - a true New Orleans fairytale

Imagine that your mother was 13 when she had you. Imagine that your father was a drug dealer, and that he was murdered when you were only 4 years old.  

Imagine a childhood living in abject poverty with five other siblings, and then and losing the little you had during Hurricane Katrina. Then you end up at Cohen High School, one of the worst in the city. There are days when there's not enough food. Where do you think you’d be today if this was your story?

The story belongs to Leonard Galmond, and once you hear the whole of it, you’ll know why this community has embraced him. Leonard conquered those odds to obtain a scholarship to Yale University. In just a few weeks he will leave New Orleans to attend one of the most presitigous universities in the world on a full scholarship.

How did he do it? He had the love of his family, he was smart and he worked hard. He found his passion and gift in art, and made the choice never to get on the path of crime like so many around him.

If you are weary of hearing stories of young men who are wasting their lives on a path of crime, who don't value life and have no motivation to change... you are not alone. And you are going to love meeting Leonard. 

His story is one we all need to hear. Click the link below to listen to my interview with Leonard, and enjoy.
 
FULL AUDIO: Angela talks to Yale-bound student Leonard Galmond
 
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Angela: Beyond the horror of Bourbon St shooting; not enough cops

Beyond the horror of ten people being shot on one of the most famous streets in America last week, beyond the sadness of one young lady murdered at the beginning of her adult life, we now face the reality that New Orleans doesn’t have enough police officers.

Everyone agrees that having many more officers on Bourbon Street in the early morning hours of that Sunday may not have prevented the insane actions of two men… but it clearly brought to light once again that we have a crisis in police manpower.

Within days, Mayor Mitch Landrieu called a press conference announcing that he had asked State Police for one hundred permanent officers, and asked President Barack Obama for extra Federal help; in essence saying the Feds had abandoned the streets of America’s cities.  

The state police sent 50 officers, who will be here through Labor Day.  No word yet from the President, however. Michael Anderson, head of the local FBI office, wrote a scathing guest column in the newspaper defending the amount of work his office has done helping with major street crime arrests and convictions in New Orleans in the last several years.

This obviously is a conversation that is going to continue for a while…

Which is why today we talked to Captain Michael Glasser, the head of PANO (the Police Association of New Orleans) about the strong letter he wrote in response to Mayor Landrieu’s press conference and the call for more help from the state and federal government. Police Chief Ronal Serpas responds to Glasser in the second half of the show. 

Hopefully, the end result will be an honest conversation about how to un-crack the foundation of NOPD. 

FULL AUDIO: Angela talks to Capt. Glasser and Chief Serpas about police manpower crisis
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Angela: Bourbon St shooting strikes to the heart of who we are

We all know the facts. Two guys open fire on each other during an argument on Bourbon Street early Sunday morning - then at least one of them opens fire on innocent people walking by.

We have nine people shot, two seriously, and the two shooters still on the run.

Chief Serpas said there were many police were stationed in the area. He said some were “at arm’s length” to the shooters when it happened. Why didn’t they capture the shooters?  What’s the plan to fix this problem?

Is it more police?  Is it better police?  Is it better training?  Is it funding?  If so, how do we get more money to pay more cops, to recruit better cops?  Do our cops need to be better equipped to handle this wild west mentality?  Did the cops on duty that night have protective vests?  Should every cop in the FQ have cameras on their clothes?

Is it better strategy, or better strategic placement of cops? Should we block off side streets after 10pm… like Beale Street in Memphis?  Should we have one way in; one way out?  Should we ID everybody on Bourbon after 10pm?

Is it a leadership problem?   Do we need a clearer vision?  We keep bragging about all the young entrepreneurs coming to our city; we keep bragging about record tourism & real estate transactions.  The quickest way to to run that off; to impede progress; to halt confidence is violent crime, especially in the French Quarter.  

Who are we?  Are we a cop force that just accepts thugs shooting innocent bystanders, when they’re shooting at each other, and that’s okay?  Who are we and what is our future?  

Are we the tourism and marketing groups who say "bring your businesses here for conventions," "bring your families here for reunions," "have stay-cations in one of the most historic, fascinating towns in the world," but your child, your mother, your brother, you may get shot?  How is this NOT more dangerous than a category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane barreling through the Crescent City?  

After listening to authorties in many areas of criminal justice and every day conerned citizens, the conversation breaks down to two main themes.

First off: Is the leadership in the city handling the police shortage correctly? Is our city government doing what it can to beat the low morale that pervades the NOPD? And if it is not, what more should they be doing?

Secondly, and equally as important: Everyone is acknowledging that a primary cause of crime is young people not being raised correctly. We have this problem because parents are abandoning their respondibilities, and nobody is holding them accountable.

These two discussions are not meant to simplify a very complex problem in this city and others, but it is two good starting points on a conversation about what needs to be done in the short run and long run.

I have said this many times: Crime is complex and heartbreaking and a constant battle, but our guests on "An Open Mind" Monday refuse to give up. 

Take a listen to the podcasts below with grassroots community anti-crime activists Al Mims and Captain Black, Loyola criminologist Dr. George Capowich, and PANO attorney Eric Hessler.

FULL AUDIO: 6-30 1pm New Orleans crime roundtable Part One

FULL AUDIO: 6-30 2pm New Orleans crime roundtable Part Two
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Angela: Bourbon St shooting strikes to the heart of who we are

We all know the facts. Two guys open fire on each other during an argument on Bourbon Street early Sunday morning - then at least one of them opens fire on innocent people walking by.

We have ten people shot, two seriously, and the two shooters still on the run.

Chief Serpas said there were many police stationed in the area. He said some were “at arm’s length” to the shooters when it happened. Why didn’t they capture the shooters?  What’s the plan to fix this problem?

Is it more police?  Is it better police?  Is it better training?  Is it funding?  If so, how do we get more money to pay more cops, to recruit better cops?  Do our cops need to be better equipped to handle this wild west mentality?  Did the cops on duty that night have protective vests?  Should every cop in the FQ have cameras on their clothes?

Is it better strategy, or better strategic placement of cops? Should we block off side streets after 10pm… like Beale Street in Memphis?  Should we have one way in; one way out?  Should we ID everybody on Bourbon after 10pm?

Is it a leadership problem?   Do we need a clearer vision?  We keep bragging about all the young entrepreneurs coming to our city; we keep bragging about record tourism & real estate transactions.  The quickest way to run that off; to impede progress; to halt confidence is violent crime, especially in the French Quarter.  

We need to figure out who we are. We need to decide how much we will take. And we need to constantly remember that we invite the world into our neighborhoods.

After listening to authorities in many areas of criminal justice and every day concerned citizens, the conversation breaks down to two main themes.

First off: Is the leadership in the city handling the police shortage correctly? Is our city government doing what it can to beat the low morale that pervades the NOPD? And if it is not, what more should they be doing?

Secondly, and equally as important: Everyone is acknowledging that a primary cause of crime is young people not being raised correctly. We have this problem because parents are abandoning their responsibilities, and nobody is holding them accountable.

These two discussions are not meant to simplify a very complex problem in this city and others, but it is two good starting points on a conversation about what needs to be done in the short run and long run.

I have said this many times: Crime is complex and heartbreaking and a constant battle, but our guests on "An Open Mind" Monday refuse to give up. 

Take a listen to the podcasts below with grassroots community anti-crime activists Al Mims and Captain Black, Loyola criminologist Dr. George Capowich, and PANO attorney Eric Hessler.

FULL AUDIO: 6-30 1pm New Orleans crime roundtable Part One

FULL AUDIO: 6-30 2pm New Orleans crime roundtable Part Two
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Angela: Mayor Landrieu gives some straight talk about neighborhood needs

He hit the ground running as he began his second term as Mayor of New Orleans, and now Mitch Landrieu can look back on his first four years with a sense of real accomplishment.

The city has hit it's post-Katrina stride. Tourism is flourishing, retail is rocking, and the entreprenuerial spirit is alive. According to every study, people are feeling good about the city. 

But Mayor Landrieu faces some real challenges, such as how to pay for two consent decrees and the firemens' pensions. How do we get more people interested in joining the police department? How do we resolve the ever-growing demands of citizen groups who want the streets fixed now, the street lights fixed now - and not years from now?

I was lucky to have Mayor Landrieu in studio today to answer some of these important questions.

"I'm thrilled to have been given a second opportunity to serve the City for the next four years. The problems that we had the last four years are very different from the problems we'll have in the next four," he said. "People of this city should be really proud of how far we've come... I think everyone really pulled together and we tried everything we could to get the city back." 

The Mayor is fresh off a trip to the Louisiana legislature in a push to help strengthen the city's finances and pay for those two consent decrees. How did it go? 

"There's not enough money for everything and you have to start making decisions about what goes first, what goes second. I went to the Legislature and said 'forgive our debt the way you asked President Obama to forgive yours.' The Legislature said 'no, thank you.'"

My final question to him was one that everyone else is asking: Are you thinking about running for Governor?

"No. I love being the Mayor of the City of New Orleans. When you're a politician, you never say never. Who knows what it's going to look like a year and a half from now, but I love the city with all my heart and soul." 

Take a listen to the interview by clicking the link below.

FULL AUDIO: Angela talks to Mayor Landrieu about the city's agenda
 

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