New Orleans Police Chief Says ‘Numerous’ Arrests Over Weekend for Looting Following Hurricane Ida – .

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New Orleans Police Chief Says ‘Numerous’ Arrests Over Weekend for Looting Following Hurricane Ida – .


Police have made “numerous” arrests related to looting in New Orleans as the city continues its relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, officials said Monday.

Police Chief Shaun Ferguson briefly addressed reports of looting in a public safety update alongside city leaders and officials at a press conference.

“We continue to make numerous arrests for looting throughout the weekend and will continue to do so,” he said, without revealing the number of arrests made.

The police department is working with the National Guard and other agencies to deter and respond to reports of looting, as parts of the city remain without electricity and essential services.

The Karofsky store suffers severe damage after Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans with high winds in Louisiana. Authorities said Monday that “many” arrests were made over the weekend for looting.
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He also noted that residents and business owners have reported burglaries upon their return to their homes and businesses. In the event that the city’s 8 p.m. curfew is lifted before power is fully restored, authorities will “set up a deployment” of law enforcement and guard soldiers to combat and deter any looting in these communities, the chief said.

Last week, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman told WWL-TV 40 people had been arrested for looting in the city. Authorities argued that there had been widespread looting.

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“There is no widespread looting. There is widespread community empathy and cooperation, ”New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told reporters last week.

Hurricane Ida killed at least 66 people, destroyed homes and flooded many neighborhoods in its wake.

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