In September, The Hullabaloo published a piece entitled “MIPs, misplaced priorities” by Samantha Halperin, lamenting the police attention to underage drinking rather than serious crime.
“NOPD’s crackdown is ineffective and counterproductive. Alcohol consumption among young adults has passed a point where tickets will serve as an effective deterrent, and those tickets do more harm than good. While the heightened emphasis on underage drinking enforcement may be well intentioned, it’s also misguided. Instead of developing positive relationships with the community and focusing on the serious issues that face the city, NOPD is making its officers unnecessarily seem like enemies to young people when they should be seen as allies and advocates.”
This article sparked the “It’s Not Enough” campaign. The Hullabaloo is right. The drinking culture of New Orleans is not going to disappear. Handing out MIPs to underage students may make the city of New Orleans money, but it doesn’t stop houses from being broken into or students from getting mugged or assaulted.
As Tulane women, juniors and seniors, we have been conditioned to operate in an atmosphere of fear at Tulane. We are tired of being stranded in bars because we cannot walk home alone, although thinking that having somebody with you when your attacker has a gun is a false idea of protection. We are tired of the two block walk home from class after dark becomes a gauntlet. We are tired of hearing about another mugging, robbery, assault, or beating a block away from our houses.
We demand a safe environment.
While we appreciate the effort of TUPD and acknowledge the difficulty of policing in such a violent city, we believe that it is not enough.
You can read the full article here: http://www.thehullabaloo.com/views/article_0a75bd6e-e0a0-11e0-b3da-001a4bcf6878.html