Occasionally I take a break from writing and tweeting about New Orleans crime in order to talk with people about New Orleans crime. There were two such occasions last week that I wanted to share.

First I had a great conversation with Oliver Thomas on WBOK. Sometimes you do radio and the callers either ask terrible, loaded questions or just preach at you for 30 minutes. This was not one of those times.

The second was a long chat with State Senator JP Morrell. We talked a bit about crime but then talked about bigger structural issues facing the city including whether New Orleans should  have an elected police chief. JP and I came down on opposite ends of that spectrum but we might not be so far apart.