Crimestoppers GNO offers their condolences to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Family of JPSO Deputy David Michel, Jr. who was shot to death today while making a pedestrian stop on Manhattan Blvd. Deputy Michel served in the specialized Street Crimes unit, which speaks very highly of his work ethic, experience and dedication to the safety of our citizens. President and CEO Darlene Cusanza, Crimestoppers states: "We are deeply saddened for Deputy David Michel’s family and fellow Deputies and for the entire community. There is one less “Angel in Blue” protecting us and one more family mourning a senseless killing. Our thoughts and prayers are offered to the Michel’s family, JPSO, and to the community for healing."
As Co- Chair of our Crimestoppers newly formed "Faith Based" partnership entitled 'Project Good Samaritan,' The Most Reverend Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Archdiocese of New Orleans stated: "Law enforcement personnel give of their lives to protect others – they should never be a target of someone’s violence. My prayers go out to Deputy Michel’s family and his fellow deputies"
We as citizens must stand united against violence and urge citizens to take a stand against crime and criminal behavior by speaking up when they have information on acts of crime and certainly in the death of Deputy Michel. The JPSO has asked for anyone with video/photos of the shooting to contact JPSO. In addition to providing “tips”, we should also stand in support of our officers and reach out at this time to offer our personal gratitude to all law enforcement for their service and our sympathy in the loss of their fellow deputy, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
The intent of Crimestoppers "Project Good Samaritan" is to engage churches of every denomination in helping to educate their congregations, not only on the Crimestoppers resource we offer of providing crime information anonymously, but also the need to stand together as a witness against violence. Clergy members of "Project Good Samaritan" will visit with families of victims of homicides to offer comfort and support, while sharing community faith based resources for families in need. Our group of Ministers/Clergy will also work to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. Church leaders who would like more information about "Project Good Samaritan" may contact Crimestoppers at (504) 837-8477.
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