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by Dave Gradijan

National Guard Rolls to New Orleans

Jun 21, 20062 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

National Guard troops arrived in New Orleans on Tuesday to assist local police who are struggling to keep the peace in a city that is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, Reuters reports.

The article states that after five teens were killed this past weekend, Mayor Ray Nagin requested that Gov. Kathleen Blanco call in the National Guard. Dozens of Humvees with about 100 guardsmen moved to secure the three most storm-ravaged and least populated neighborhoods that were devastated by the storm so police can concentrate on those who are returning to life the fastest.

Two hundred more troops will arrive within a week, Reuters reports. A rising murder rate, the return of drugs and the killing of five teens on Saturday galvanized officials to accelerate their plan to reinforce city police over the summer.

“It is going to be a long, hot summer,” predicted Police Chief Warren Riley. The city needed an “overwhelming show of force,” Mayor Nagin told Reuters.

The article states that state police have been assigned to protect the French Quarter, the key tourist center.

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Compiled by Paul Kerstein

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