"Somehow or another, with the drive-through window of justice on Broad and Tulane, they're right back out on the streets here. ... We have a 2-year-old child, lost her life because of these types of people not being held accountable. ... It is reprehensible that the courts continue to send these men to the streets of New Orleans to be murderers or be murdered." — NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas, following a bloody weekend in New Orleans in which 24-month-old Keira Holmes was killed in a hail of gunfire Sunday, Dec. 18.
"I am formally requesting that you direct the Louisiana National Guard to immediately return to the city of New Orleans. ... The city is besieged by gun-toting criminals who have no regard for innocent citizens or law enforcement." — State Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, in a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal Dec. 19. Badon also asked for "uniformed law enforcement to be proactive in this fight against crime."