Violent crime is on the rise in N.O.

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The number of homicides in New Orleans has sky rocketed, ending a five year downward trend of case murders. Criminologist at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, Peter Scharf, says this trend is likely to continue.

“We are going to see substantial increase. We are at 105 now, so we are obviously going to hit 119 (the total number of murders in 2019) possibly by the end of August,” Scharf said.

He says a contributing factor to the spike in violence is a culture of silence in the city.

“It is this wall of silence that we have to break down,” Scharf said. “Clearance is a function of report with the community. And that is something Shaun Ferguson and the other chiefs are desperately interested in.”