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September 28, 2005

incompetence

Say what you will, but this guy fucked up. He'd better resign before he gets fired in public. Ignoble? His "leadership" was FAR worse than that. I SAW film of New Orleans police joining the looters after Katrina.

"To proctect and to serve?" Not hardly.

As the city slipped into anarchy during the first few days after Katrina, the 1,700-member police department suffered a crisis. Many officers deserted their posts, and some were accused of joining in the looting that broke out. Two officers Compass described as friends committed suicide.

Gunfire and other lawlessness broke out around the city. Rescue workers reported being shot at. Compass publicly repeated allegations that people were being beaten and babies raped at the convention center, where thousands of evacuees had taken shelter. The allegations have since proved largely unsubstantiated.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, the department confirmed that about 250 police officers - roughly 15 percent of the force - could face discipline for leaving their posts without permission during Katrina and its aftermath.

If that's "leadership," I'm a monkey's uncle. Twice in my life, I've been one of the last people out of the chemical plant when we shut down for a hurricane. I stayed at my post because it was my JOB, and I knew that I accepted such a responsibility when I took it.

I never volunteered to ride the storms out at the plant (I had a family to think about) but I stayed for as long as it took to get everything done right. After all, I had to start the fucking place back up again after the storm passed.

I drove home through a deluge of rain during Hugo, and Floyd damn near stranded me in the evacuation. But I stayed on my job as long as I needed to be there before I hauled ass. To me, it was a combination of pride and responsibility.

Those qualities seem to be sorely lacking in the New Orleans police department. And I blame Eddie Compass for that fact.


Comments

During our military days, hubby had to take the sub out to sea in order to keep it safe while I held down the fort at home. Typically, I didn't have any help from him if we needed to evacuate and honestly, I was capable on my own. I realized it was his job and my job was to do what needed to be done.

Now hubby is required to shut the plant down where he works and to stay there until they can start it back up again. I pack what he needs to do his job and then I get to business of doing mine.

Why did the wives of these police officers have to have their husbands with them in order to pack essentials and hit the road? If they were single what would they have done? That's the part that just slays me. If I can do it and I'm not any more special than anyone else is, why couldn't they?

I was on the coast of GA for Floyd. Before they ever made evacuation manditory, I was on the road with my children and heading for Pensacola. It's better to be safe that sorry. Hubby was somewhere in the ocean and I hadn't spoken to him for weeks. I figured he'd want us to take the safe bet and that was to get out of there. Common sense.

Posted by: Susie T on September 28, 2005 09:37 AM

The mayor called him a "hero." I think he's a lying dog that abused his office and public power. In colonial times, a guy like this would have been shot out of hand. He's a domestic enemy of the Constitution.

Leader? He's a thief and a crook!

Lot's of sorry, satchel-assed, sons of bitches down there in New Orleans.

Posted by: robert on September 28, 2005 10:02 AM

The propaganda has been flying from the right, the left, and all over the cable news. It's all "Two Minutes of Hate" to me.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on September 28, 2005 10:24 AM

When I saw him interviewed on TV, I thought he was one of the good old boys. I bet he has stolen money from the city and the mayor is a good friend of his. He got out, when the getting was good. He maybe have been fired after the shit hit the fan, Cat

Posted by: catfish on September 28, 2005 01:24 PM

Shit runs downhill. Eddie Compass was near the bottom of that hill. The Governor and the State Gubbmint of Lose E. Yanna is at the top with the slime that paid for their elections. With all the political sewage cascading from the top down in Lose E Yanna, the city of Noo Awlins was and is a cesspool. What lives in cesspools? Slime.

The City fathers and Police of NO did exactly as they were expected to do. Slime usually does.

Lose E. Yanna and Nawlins ought not get one dime of Federal money. Let the politicians there dig into the piles of public money they've already stolen and rat-holed and use that.

Right after Eddie Compass, and Blanco begin their forty year prison terms.

Posted by: Gerry N. on September 28, 2005 01:27 PM

I read a while ago that the investigation is revealing some phantom cops on the payroll.
This scam has been around government a long time-show some government employees on thhe payroll that ain't really there and pocket the bucks. What was interesting today was that the congressional commitee that tried to nail Brown to the cross yesterday didn't force the issue and make Gov Blanco testify about her incompetence, She refused to answer and turned it back to how fucked up it is New Orleanss-and that ain't the purpose of the committee. Good ole boy politics as usual. brown was right yesterday-they made him the scrape goat.

Posted by: GUYK on September 28, 2005 07:28 PM

Now that the mass murders in N.O. have been proven to be total hype (outright lies in most cases) and the rapes never happened even to the level of rapes prior to the hurricane, everyone in the government of N.O. and the state of La. should be dragged out and shot. The MSM reporters should never be allowed to speak in public again. They are as responsible for spreading the lies as the Governor, Mayor and Police chief were for telling the lies. Not Senator baby face fat lamebrain is asking for over $55,000 for every man, woman and child in the state. Talk about a whore house full of fools, that is the state of La.

Posted by: scrapiron on September 28, 2005 08:47 PM

Yeah, they've found there were apparently several HUNDRED 'cops' on the roll who either didn't exist, or were actually retired or reserve cops being put on the rolls as active-duty.

That's on top of the other crap, including ordering people's homes invaded and their property seized. Which he and the mayor are now denying ever happened.

Posted by: Mark on September 28, 2005 10:11 PM

Nagin, Blanco and Landrieu are in full CYA mode.

Don't believe anything that comes from their mouths. All the murders, rapes, crimes etc... during and after the storm will be whitewashed.

Just don't believe anything that a NOLA official has to say. Also, watch as former officials are brought in to be investigated. Former Mayor Marc Morial and former Police Chief Richard Pennington(now Atlanta Chief) will be implicated. This shit didn't start overnight.

Posted by: roux on September 29, 2005 09:44 AM
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