Sunday, January 08, 2006
Katrina evacuees add to Houston murder woes
I'm just grateful that the article says "add", Houston wasn't a crime-free utopia pre-k
"The city's murder rate was already increasing before Hurricane Katrina hit on Aug. 29, city officials say, and was worsened by a staffing shortage in the police department"
Shouldn't 7 in a weekend be a pretty big deal anyway?
"Houston's spike in murders came sharply into focus over the Thanksgiving holiday when 14 people were killed during the long weekend, about twice the usual number."
And, the grand finale:City Council member Ada Edwards cautioned that the evacuees should not be used as scapegoats.
"We did have criminals that came here from New Orleans, but we had criminals before," Edwards said.
Full story here