Meeting to be held tonight at church on Carondelet Street
Mayor Landrieu and senior leaders of the NOPD will hold a community meeting tonight to discuss allegations of racial profiling by the NOPD in its "stop and frisk" program.
The meeting, to discuss "concerns about racial profiling, and efforts to reduce murder and violence in every neighborhood," was scheduled in response to a request made last week by the NAACP.
The two-hour session will be held from 6pm to 8pm at the First Emmanuel Baptist Church on Carondelet Street.
On Friday, the president of the local chapter of the NAACP, Danatus King notified the media that "the community" would be elsewhere on Monday night.
King announced in an email message that " The meeting was requested by the Community and the Community will be at Christian Unity Church."
In response, Ryan Berni of Landrieu's communications office, said the message from King was "inaccurate." Berni said "The meeting the Mayor will attend...will be at held at First Emmanuel Baptist Church."
According to a recent report by the Inspector General of New Orleans, because of incomplete data collection by officers, ""there is no way to determine whether or not the NOPD field interview program is being conducted in compliance with constitutional requirements and without evidence of age, gender, or racial profiling."
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas has denied that race is a factor in determining who is stopped and questioned by officers.