John Delgado: Mayor Broome Soft on Violent, Poetry-composing Gangbangers

Former Metro Councilman John Delgado claims Mayor Sharon Weston Broome is coddling vicious gang members who write impassioned poetry and lack criminal backgrounds or gang affiliations.

In a Facebook post last week, Delgado insisted Broome is imperiling the lives of area residents by not taking a strong stand against youngsters in North Baton Rouge who allegedly engage in violent, gang-related poetry composition.

“Mayor Broome paid some guy $7,600 to teach gangbangers how to write poems,” Delgado wrote, referencing documents showing Broome budgeted various community outreach programs through the crime-fighting BRAVE initiative. “How irresponsible and reckless to spend taxpayer money to train these thugs so they can endanger law-abiding citizens with expressive verses!”

Delgado, a Republican who unsuccessfully ran for mayor last fall and now does governmental affairs work for the Baton Rouge Union of Police, reiterated his assertion in subsequent comments.

“These animals don’t value human life. All they care about is poetry.”

“She’s spending public funds to teach hoodlums how to better terrorize the community with their original literature. Spitting rhymes, shooting bullets: It’s all the same to me,” Delgado replied to one detractor, adding later, “These animals don’t value human life. All they care about is poetry. We have to be tough on these murderous gangstas, not pamper them.”

When another commenter challenged Delgado’s allegation that balladry in the black community is synonymous with gang violence, he shot back, “Poetry is inherently violent! Why do you think they call them poetry slams? It’s a form of gang initiation!”

The attorney and owner of several downtown bars also accused Broome of wantonly menacing public safety by raising the speed limit on a newly widened and repaved South Baton Rouge thoroughfare.

“It’s bad enough she’s letting people recklessly hurtle down Staring Lane at 40 mph! I mean, FORTY FREAKING MILES AN HOUR! On a brand-new four-lane road! That’s just blatantly irresponsible,” Delgado insisted. “Seriously, the first person to die on Staring Lane or at the hands of some gangbanger who’s mastered iambic pentameter, their blood will be on the mayor’s hands!”

 

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