Hundreds to protest police inaction over rapes
NEW ORLEANS - Hundreds of demonstrators are planning to march Saturday from the French Quarter to City Hall to speak out against the New Orleans Police Department's mishandling of hundreds of rape and child abuse cases.
The march comes a month after an inspector general's report found five police detectives failed to do substantial investigation of more than 1,000 cases of sex crimes and child abuse between 2011 and 2013.
The demonstration will begin in front of the 1st District police station in the French Quarter and end with a rally in front of City Hall.
Victims of rape and abuse are expected to speak at the rally and tell their stories. The purpose of the march, besides demanding more from the criminal justice system, is to give voice to victims of rape.