- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Disagreements over how best to fight violent crime in New Orleans are heating up.

The city’s district attorney weighed in Tuesday. In a speech to a watchdog agency, Leon Cannizzaro blasted a $600,000 budget cut for his office. He questioned the effectiveness of any attempt to increase patrols and enforcement while cutting his budget and thereby limiting his ability to prosecute cases.

Cannizzaro’s speech to the nonprofit Metropolitan Crime Commission came a day after Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a new $40 million program to combat crime, including the use of more crime cameras, monitored in real time, and more take-home police cars for officers.

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