N.O. Mayor Exchanges ‘Rude’ Comment with Disgruntled Resident
The mayor of New Orleans and an unidentified man called each other rude at a city budget meeting and the video is now going viral.
The man, who was not identified, submitted a handwritten question about taking some of the funds that go to the police force and putting them into programs that help children.
Someone altered the man's handwritten question so that, when it got to the mayor, it was completely different.
Kourtney Williams of WDSU posted the video. In the video, you can hear some of the conversation and, at one point, it sounds like the man used the word "rude". Mayor Cantrell came back with a "You're rude!". Watch:
In the video, it is difficult to hear what the gentleman is saying, but at one point it does sound like he used the word "rude" before Mayor Cantrell, though we don't know what happened prior to the video running.
The man was then escorted back to his seat.
What was it that caused the fluff-up? It appears that the man had written one question on the card, but when it came time to present that question to the mayor, someone had altered the question by writing a new one on the opposite side of the card.
At the time of this next video, it still wasn't known what his original question was but, as you can see, he was escorted back to his seat while saying, "they put words in my mouth".
Williams then posted what she says is the man's handwritten question on one of the cards and, also in the picture, what it said on the back of the card.
The original question was asking about the current budget for police and prisons. The man said that New Orleans spends a lot of money on these "reactive measures, yet crime persists". He wanted to know how the leadership justified the amount of money spent while crime remained high.
As you can see, the bottom picture shows the back of the card where, in different handwriting, the question is "What steps are in progress to hire and retain more police?"
Two totally different questions.
It appears that the man wanted to know if Mayor Cantrell would consider putting money towards proactive programs for kids and families so that less police presence would be needed.
It also appears that someone didn't like that question, so they changed the question in time to present it to the mayor at the meeting.
I do not know the statistics for crime in New Orleans, but judging by what I am seeing in the news and on social media, things are not getting better there.