The Dem mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, said this week economy flights are not safe for black women.
In addition, LaToya Cantrell has said she would not repay money spent on a first-class trip from Washington Dulles Airport to Switzerland over the summer, Meaww reported Sunday.
During a Thursday press conference, she stated that her travel accommodations were a matter of safety and not luxury:
As all women know, our health and safety are often disregarded and we are left to navigate alone. As the mother of a young child whom I live for, I am going to protect myself by any reasonable means in order to ensure I am there to see her grow into the strong woman I am raising her to be. Anyone who wants to question how I protect myself just doesn’t understand the world black women walk in.
Officials are reportedly trying to determine whether the mayor should repay nearly $30,000 in taxpayer money for 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 I will continue to do it with distinction and integrity every step of the way.”
At yesterday’s press conference, @FOX8NOLA was the only station that asked Mayor LaToya Cantrell about whether or not she will reimburse thousands of dollars to the city for her travel upgrades.— Andrés Fuentes (@news_fuentes) September 9, 2022
Here’s her full statement: pic.twitter.com/swA2flFIkc
According to reports, the city’s travel policy stated that employees had to purchase the lowest fare. Those who upgraded were responsible for the difference.
Breitbart News reported that a recall petition was filed against Cantrell in August. Cantrell was being investigated for multiple scandals and had a high crime rate.
According to the outlet, the homicide rate in New Orleans has risen almost 50 percent over last year’s data.
“The Metro Crime Commission’s Weekly Orleans Crime Bulletin shows that as of June 5, 2022, homicides in New Orleans were up 46 percent over where they were in 2021 and 89 percent over where they were in 2020,” the article read.
In an effort to create a stronger police force, city officials issued an $80 million plan this week that included pay raises, health care, and a $30,000 incentive plan for those starting their careers, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
“Meanwhile, the number of New Orleans police officers has dwindled to well under 1,000 people, down from more than 1,300 a few years ago,” the outlet stated.