Blanco sending National Guard to NOLA

From Scout:

Mayor Nagin requested the National Guard be deployed to NOLA…

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mayor Ray Nagin asked the governor Monday to send National Guard troops to patrol his city after a violent weekend in which five teenagers were shot to death and a man was fatally stabbed in argument over beer.


Nagin said the weekend’s slayings were unspeakable and he wouldn’t allow criminals to take over at a time when it’s trying to rebound from its worst disaster. He said he had spoken to the governor about his request for as many as 300 National Guard troops and 60 state police officers to patrol the city.

Gov. Blanco states they will be sent ……

“The senseless slaying of five teenagers this weekend is shocking. Things like this should never happen and I am going to do all I can to stop it.

“The situation is urgent and we will accelerate our plans to deploy law enforcement to the city tomorrow. Right now we are talking with Chief Riley about his exact needs and we will respond with personnel from the State Police and National Guard. We had begun putting plans in motion to assist the New Orleans police force last week. (for the rest)