Shooting Victim Sends Message From Hospital Bed To Council Meeting


One of the victims shot during a second-line parade on Mother’s Day sent a message to the Criminal Justice Committee meeting of the New Orleans City Council Wednesday afternoon.

Deborah Cotton asked a friend to read the statement.

“What I am reading is a statement from Deb Cotton,” Linda Usdin told the committee members before she began reading the prepared remarks from a podium in the chamber’s audience section.

The statement came as the committee began reviewing the NOLA For Life program announced a year ago by Mayor Mitch Landrieu as a comprehensive plan to fight violent crime in the city.  NOLA For Life includes a long list of ideas aimed at everything from jobs to gangs and midnight basketball.

Usdin told WGNO News that cotton has a long recovery ahead from her bullet wounds but she is able to speak.  In the prepared statement, Cotton also commented that her…

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