Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

September 1, 2005

New Orleans Police Looting

Filed under: — Different River @ 5:04 pm

You’ve probably all heard reports of widespread looting of stores in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. You may have also heard that in addition to looting food and supplies which is sort of understandable, that they are looting gun stores, and that some looters have shot at police and rescuers.

But it is not that simple. The Survival of New Orleans blog reports that the police are looting, too:

Looting: The police are looting. This has been confirmed by several independent sources. Some of the looting might be “legitimate” in as much as that word has any meaning in this context. They have broken into ATMs and safes: confirmed. We have eyewitnesses to this. They have taken dozens of SUVs from dealerships ostensibly for official use. They have also looted gun stores and pawn shops for all the small arms, supposedly to prevent “criminals” from doing so. But who knows their true intentions. We have an inside source in the NOPD who says that command and control is in chaos. He reports that command lapses more than 24 hours between check-ins, and that most of the force are “like deer in the headlights.” NOPD already had a reputation for corruption, but I am telling you now that the people we’ve been talking to say they are not recognizing the NOPD as a legitimate authority anymore, since cops have been seen looting in Walmarts and forcing people out of stores so they could back up SUVs and loot them.


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