The Democratic mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana said this week that economy class flights are not safe for black women.
Additionally, LaToya Cantrell said she will not refund money spent on first-class travel from Washington Dulles Airport to Switzerland over the summer, Meaww reported Sunday.
“My travel accommodations are about safety, not luxury,” she told a press conference on Thursday:
As all women know, our health and safety is often ignored and we have to navigate it alone. As the mother of a young child who I live for, I will protect myself by all reasonable means to ensure that I am there to see her grow into the strong woman I want her to be. Anyone who wants to ask how do I protect myself just doesn’t understand the world that black women walk around in.
Officials were reportedly trying to determine whether the mayor should reimburse nearly $30,000 in taxpayer money for the trips to France and Switzerland.
Cantrell responded when asked about the issue, saying the expenses would not be reimbursed to the city, adding: “One thing is clear; I do my job and will continue to do so with distinction and integrity every step of the way.
At yesterday’s press conference, @FOX8NOLA was the only station that asked Mayor LaToya Cantrell whether or not she would reimburse the city thousands of dollars for her travel upgrades.
Here is his full statement: pic.twitter.com/swA2flFIkc
— Andres Fuentes (@news_fuentes) September 9, 2022
However, the city’s travel policy reportedly said employees must purchase the lower fare and those who choose to upgrade are responsible for paying the difference.
A recall request was filed in August against Cantrell, who was facing multiple scandals and an extremely high crime rate, Breitbart News reported.
New Orleans’ homicide rate is up nearly 50% from last year’s year-to-date data, the news outlet reported in June.
“The Metro Crime Commission’s Weekly Orleans Crime Bulletin shows that as of June 5, 2022, homicides in New Orleans were up 46% from 2021 and 89% from 2020,” reads -on in the article.
In an effort to create a stronger police force, city officials this week released an $80 million plan that includes pay raises, health care and a $30,000 incentive plan for those who are starting their careers, reported the Associated Press (AP).
“Meanwhile, the number of police officers in New Orleans has dropped to less than 1,000 people, from more than 1,300 a few years ago,” the outlet said.