Ads warning of crime in French Quarter play on BR television
BATON ROUGE- A businessman from New Orleans has expanded a commercial campaign to this city, highlighting violence on the streets of the French Quarter.
Sidney Torres, who lives in New Orleans' historic district, started by buying television airtime in New Orleans and expanded it to Baton Rouge this week. Torres said he is a victim of crime and is frustrated about the situation. He wants city leaders to do more to combat violence, including increasing police in the Quarter.
The commercial features various people discussing the crime situation in the French Quarter. They ask why isn't more being done or tell viewers they do not feel safe.
One person asks for people to demand a plan from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who Torres has targeted in his ads as not doing enough to secure the streets.
"Pointing fingers, being destructive, that doesn't help," Landrieu told WWL TV, the New Orleans-area TV station that has news partnership with WBRZ TV and WBRZ.com. "Everybody in every neighborhood has got to assist in order to make the city safe, and we're committed to doing our part as well," he said.
Torres responded, "I know the whole city is important... But when you're talking about 13 by six blocks, and you can't keep that safe, I feel sorry for the whole city."
It was not immediately clear how much Torres was spending to run the thirty-second commercials on television channels in Baton Rouge.
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