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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, November 27, 2006

Extended Stay for National Guard in New Orleans

After six crime-related deaths over Thanksgiving weekend, the New Orleans police chief plans to ask the governor to keep National Guard troops in New Orleans through June 2007.  The Guard was supposed to end its stay at the end of 2006. Soldiers began patrolling New Orleans neighborhoods last June 2006 after five teenagers were killed in a shooting. The Guard focused on areas most devastated by Hurricane Katrina so police could focus on higher-crime areas.  Since June, 300 National Guard troops have patrolled New Orleans and assisted in about 1,400 arrests.  The soldiers cannot make arrests, but they can detain people until a police officer arrives. Story from . . [Michele Berry]

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