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Posted: Tuesday, 14 May 2013 8:00AM

Landrieu tells judges to 'wake up' and lays blame for shooting suspect being free



Why was a teenager accused in the Mother's Day Second Line shooting on the street to allegedly attack again despite a long arrest record?  New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is blaming the court.

"I expect the judges at criminal district court to wake up!" the Mayor told WWL TV.  "Use their authority to make sure that violent people stay off the streets."

Landrieu says 19-year-old Akein Scott was free on a $15,000 bond after his arrest on gun and drug charges.

"Last year I sent a letter to the judges requesting that bond is set at at least $35,000 anytime somebody is arrested on a felony gun charge," the mayor recalled.  "That did not happen in this case."

He says he presented proof that higher bonds reduce violence.

"Many of the judges over there work hard and comply, some of them do not," according to Landrieu.

The mayor also hopes the community wakes up.

"How many shootings is it going to take for people in this city to finally say, 'Look this is our number one and our only priority because it effects us all.' "

Landrieu hopes it doesn't take any more.

He said, "This is going to be a statement to galvanize this community, like enough is enough... The community has to say and mean it in every fabric of our being that this kind of behavior by a young man like Akein Scott is not something that we are going to tolerate - period."

The mayor also called on Scott to surrender and warned anyone who is helping him hide from authorities that they will be aggressively prosecuted too.


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