Armed citizens form group to stop French Quarter crime

Armed citizens form group to stop French Quarter crime


IN THE FRENCH QUARTER…A NEW GROUP IS FORMING AND READY TO HIT THE STREETS. THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE FRENCH QUARTER MINUTEMEN. MADE UP OF ALL VOLUNTEERS WHO POSSESS A CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMIT…THE FOUNDER TOLD WDSU REPORTER ANDY CUNNINGHAM THEY ARE NOT VIGILANTEES, BUT ADDITIONAL EYES IN EARS IN AN AREA OF THE CITY VERY SACRED TO THEM.. THE FRENCH QUARTER IS WORLD-FAMOUS AND THE CITY’S BIGGEST DRAW FOR MILLIONS OF VISITORS. AND IT’S THE REASON, AARON JORDAN SAYS, HE HAS FORMED FRENCH QUARTER MINUTEMEN. Aaron Jordan: the concept of the F.Q. Minutemen is that it’s a volunteer group, it’s people that don’t necessarily live in the F.Q., but in the metro area, but they want to protect the historic area… JORDAN, WHO WORKS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, SAID THE INSPRIATION FOR THE GROUP CAME AFTER JAZZ MUSICIAN, DOUG POTTER WAS SEVERELY BEATEN BY TWO MEN IN THE HEART OF THE QUARTER… FOLLOWING A GIG RIGHT OUTSIDE THE EIGHTH DISTRICT POLICE STATION. Aaron Jordan: Would lead me to believe more citizen involvement can only help… HE UNDERSTANDS NOT EVERYONE WILL AGREE IT’S A GOOD IDEA …BUT HE SAYS WHILE MEMBERS ARE CONSEALED HANDGUN CARRIERS. THIS ISN’T A VIGILANTE GROUP. BUT ADDITIONAL EYES AND EARS IN THE QUARTER…THOSE WHO ARE PAID TO PROTECT THE QUARTER. Aaron Jordan: the whole point of the group is to stop minor things before they get major… ANDY… david Oestreicher: Anything helps right now… DAVID OESTRIKER… A FRENCH QUARTER ATTORNEY, AND FORMER MEMBER OF CIVIL PATROL. SAID WHILE HE DOES SUPPORT PRIVATE CITIZENS CARRYING FIREARMS IN THE QUARTER, THIS CONCEPT …MAY WORK. David Oestreicher: If the volunteers could certainly have access to letting the regulars to know that something needs attention, I think it’d make a huge difference, too many people put their head in the sand… AND JORDAN SAYS, THEY WOULD WORK UNDER THE LAW AND ONLY USE FORCE IF THREATENED, ALSO LEGAL. BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING…HE’S HOPEFUL THEY WILL SERVE AS A DETERRANT. Aaron Jordan… the situation is so bad, I don’t see how it could hurt… REPORTING FROM THE QUARTER …A.C. WDSU NEWS. THE GROUP SAID ITS PRIMARY FUNCTION WILL BE TO CALL IN SUSPCIOUS PEOPLE OR ACTIVITY.

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