New Orleans Becomes Murder Capital of America, Overtaking St. Louis 

Based on data from the Metropolitan Crime Commission, an organization that tracks and seeks to reduce crime, there have been 52 homicides per 100,000 residents as of Sept. 11.
Police tape hangs from a barricade at the corner of South and 3rd Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 2022, the day after three people were killed and 11 others wounded by gunfire all within a few blocks. - Three people were killed and 11 others wounded late on June 4, 2022, in the US city of Philadelphia after multiple shooters opened fire into a crowd on a busy street, police said. (Photo by Kriston Jae Bethel / AFP) (Photo by KRISTON JAE BETHEL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Based on data from the Metropolitan Crime Commission, an organization that tracks and seeks to reduce crime, there have been 52 homicides per 100,000 residents as of Sept. 11. Consequently, New Orleans has overtaken St. Louis as the murder capital of America as the city sees a 141 percent increase in homicides when compared to recent years. 

Recently the city hired a consultant, the former head of the New York City Police Department’s patrol division Fausto Pichardo, to go over new ways the police department can better combat crime. 

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