The city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is being plagued with a rising murder rate, something that has been an issue there since Hurricane Katrina.
Now, in the wake of two recent major hurricanes in the South, many in Baton Rouge are feeling the rising murder rate is too eerily similar to the events following Katrina, which saw violent crime explode in the city for several years after.
In 2016, there were a total of 27 murders in Baton Rouge, but just one year later, there have been a whopping 62 murders.
These numbers are enough to discourage even the most faithful and loyal city officials, police officers, first responders, and the rest of the citizens, but Baton Rouge is strong, and they’re not giving up.
In fact, the rising murder rates have gotten Democrats and Republicans working together, and they’re united in calling for spiritual healing and prayer, as well as unity and an end to the senseless violence.
Recently, Mayor Sharon Broome, a Democrat, and East Baton Rouge Councilman Buddy Amoroso, a Republican, held a bipartisan “Call to Prayer” meeting.
“This divisiveness, the crime, the spirit of apathy and deterioration is not welcomed here in this city and this parish,” Broome said, and she’s absolutely correct.
In this time of turmoil and political division, it’s truly amazing to see Democrats and Republicans working together to help the American people, and the rest of the country should take notice an follow the great example being set by Broome and Amoroso.