New Orleans has faced a lot of challenges this week and will face more this weekend as social unrest continues across the metro area and tropical weather looms on the horizon. Newell invited NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson onto the program Friday afternoon to talk about his department’s response to the protests and preparations for the storm.
“I’ve been in this business a long time, as you well know,” Newell began. “I was incredibly proud of the way you handled yourself in that press conference yesterday. I thought you were very deliberate, very factual, and very forthright. There's nobody that can say you haven't been conciliatory in trying to provide an environment for folks to safely demonstrate, and you understand the balance of interests of everyone in this community. My hat is off to you.”“Thank you - our goal is to ensure safety for everyone, and give you the right to exercise your constitutional rights across the board,” Ferguson said. “Unfortunately, we had an unfortunate incident the other night, but we won’t let that define us. You can continue to do your protests, but it has to be in a peaceful manner, and we will continue to be out there with you as long as you want to be out there.”
“Chief, I guess one of the big issues here - and it’s one that I’ve talked about on the show a lot - it’s got to be really hard for you guys tactically and strategically that the protests are allowed to just meander through the city and not letting you know what direction they are going in,” Newell continued.