Friday, November 17, 2006

What If They're Not Guilty?

Bad guys' names, faces will be plastered all over town
Billboards to show suspects in crimes
Friday, November 17, 2006
By Allen Powell II

"The New Orleans Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office are hoping to make the region's most dangerous criminals household names -- and faces -- thanks to a new advertising program from Crimestoppers.

On Thursday, officials from the two departments and Crimestoppers executive director Darlene Cusanza said they hope to promote community cooperation with law enforcement officials by embedding the names and faces of suspected murderers in the public's consciousness through billboards on both sides of the river.

Cusanza said that by Thanksgiving, mugshots of seven suspected murderers will be on the billboards, one at the intersection of Louisiana and Claiborne avenues and one on the West Bank Expressway near Lafayette Street in Gretna.

The faces on the billboards will be changed every two months, and other advertisements will tout Crimestoppers' offer of a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspects, she said. The campaign is expected to last for six months, and the faces for the billboards will be selected by law enforcement officials.

NOPD Capt. Bobby Norton, who was credited by many as the catalyst for the campaign, said that when individuals make it onto the billboards it will be because the police have exhausted all other leads..."


Anonymous arajay said...

i drive past it every morning and was thinking the same thing. then i had this idea: we should do some guerilla work and put some pics of politicians and police chiefs on the billboard.

10:14 AM  

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