Somewhere in my archives I have an email detailing NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas’ heritage as a Landrieu family stooge beginning his Serpas’ dad, who was one of Moon Landrieu’s shoe shine boys. Being on the take is a generational thing in New Orleans as Serpas recently illustrated when news surfaced he was steering work reviewing red light traffic camera to his son in law and various cronies of his at NOPD.
This story is rich on several levels but one lesson that is clearly illustrated is that when government functions are privatized, at least here down south, someone who is on the inside ends up with the work and the taxpayers get stuck footing the bill.
Now does anyone really think Serpas, who was run out of Nashville on a rail for cooking crime statistics, is really the guy who will clean up the NOPD? I’d submit he was hired because he is an excellent bagman.