Wednesday, November 19, 2008
CNN's Soledad O'Brien reports for the one-hour documentary, "CNN Presents: One Crime at a Time." It debuts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 and repeats several times thereafter, including the same time the next night.
The special looks at the "crime, corruption and bureaucracy" of New Orleans.
"In 2007, two years after Hurricane Katrina decimated their city, New Orleans' law enforcement was fighting another battle: a soaring rate of homicides," says a CNN press release. "The city's 209 homicides gave it the highest per capita murder rate in the nation. A year later, the situation could be even worse as crime, corruption and bureaucracy bring new threats."
Soledad has spent a good deal of time in New Orleans reporting on the immediate and long term effects that Hurricane Katrina has had on the city and region. Her reporting begins on the violent streets of New Orleans, where city homicide detectives investigate murders during shifts that can last as long as 30 hours. O'Brien rides along with two detectives through the city and follows cases such as that of a twenty-year-old who is murdered in broad daylight in front of a dozen witnesses just a week after he testifies in a high profile murder case. Despite evidence, detectives have a difficult time arresting his killer.
The documentary also focuses its lens on the district attorney's office and city administration as "One Crime at a Time" tells the story of a law enforcement community determined to save the city by defeating corruption, crime and violence.