Preston remembers people in New Orleans telling her what an unusual crime it was for the city, "It wasn't drug-related and it was 'white on white," says Preston, who as a white student activist in South Africa, agitated for an end to the racist Apartheid government there. Part of what I feel has to be broken is the distrust between the public and the police, the police and the District Attorney, the public and the DA - and City Hall, she says.There have been more than 750 murders since Preston's husband and her mother-in-law were killed five years ago, and thousands of victims of robbery, rape and aggravated assaults. The major "weakness" of Police Chief Warren Riley and the four police organizations has been a failure of robust compliance with a state law requiring that cops notify crime victims and their families of social services, including up to $25,000 in reparations from the special state fund.
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