Some local civil rights advocates are angry and insist NOPD officers racially profile young black men. However, there is a serious neighborhood debate about so-called "stop and frisk" policies.
Some black parents came out in support of the practice at a public hearing Monday night.
"If stop and frisk will save my child's life, stop him... stop him," one dad proclaimed. "If picking up kids off the street in our community is going to save their lives, pick them up."
A mother said the real way to stop racial profiling is to change how people perceive black men, by educating them as children.
"We must change the profile of our young men," she explained.
At a separate meeting called by the NAACP, there was harsher criticism of New Orleans police.
"There is no way in the world that we can't - as a community - be a part of the equality of being able to go from one location to another without having to have the embarrassment of having our children put their hands out on a hot hood with handcuffs," one man said.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu insisted, "There is no tolerance for racial profiling in this city. The young men need to know that they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but they will be judged by their behavior.