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Posted: Tuesday, 14 May 2013 3:57PM

Landrieu tells crooks to straighten up



New Orleans authorities Tuesday delivered a message to known and suspected gang members: go straight, or go to jail.
 
Leaders of the NOPD, state and federal law enforcement, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu met at criminal court with nearly two dozen individuals suspected of involvement with gangs in New Orleans, and delivered a warning.

"This community is no longer going to accept this," New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.  "The number of anonymous tips that we get through Crimestoppers is going through the roof."
 
Chief Serpas said they told them that the fast work identifying the suspect in the mother's day shooting is proof.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said they could either accept the offer to get counseling, job training and other help to begin a normal life, or they could take their chances on the street.
 
"If they chose the wrong path, if they choose a bad path...the consequences will be swift, they will be severe, they will be grave and they will spend the rest of their lives in jail," he said.
 
The mayor said Tuesday's meeting was the third such "call-in" they have had, and so far, fifteen individuals have chosen to try and give up a criminal lifestyle.

Landrieu said similar programs in New York, Los Angeles and other large metropolises have had success.

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