I’m not taking a position on the article itself, but this is a hell of a nugget:

The [New Orleans] police inspire so little trust that witnesses often refuse to testify in court. University researchers enlisted the police in an experiment last year, having them fire 700 blank gun rounds in a New Orleans neighborhood one afternoon. Nobody picked up the phone to report the shootings. Little wonder the city’s homicide rate stands at 10 times the national average.

Excerpted from Slate’s “Don’t Refloat: The case against rebuilding the sunken city of New Orleans” by Jack Shafer, links in the original.

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