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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

New Orleans Police Chief Quits

The Times-Picayune reported that Police Superintentent Eddie Compass of New Orleans has announced his resignation.

The police union's spokesman was surprised:

Lt. David Benelli, president of the union for rank-and-file New Orleans officers, said he was shocked by the resignation.

"We've been through a horrendous time," Benelli said. "We've watched the city we love be destroyed. That is pressure you can't believe."

Benelli would not criticize Compass.

"You can talk about lack of organization, but we have been through two hurricanes, there was no communications, problems everywhere," he said. "I think the fact that we did not lose control of the city is a testament to his leadership."

But in fact, chaos reigned in New Orleans as Katrina's floodwaters rose. Gunfire and other lawlessness broke out around the city. Rescue workers reported being shot at.

At the height of the Katrina chaos, Compass fed the image of lawlessness in the city by publicly repeating 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. [Emphasis added.]

Compass was a part of the problem, so here's hoping New Orleans can find a competent replacement.


Blogger cc said...

Let's hope the mayor and governor follow suit.

Have you heard anything on the recall for the governor of Louisiana? I heard one news story a few days ago and nothing since.

She feels it is her right to billions of dollars to rebuilt her infrastructure. Maybe so, but I feel very strongly there should be some serious on-going auditing until the reconstruction is complete.

September 27, 2005 8:01 PM  
Blogger recallreed blog said...

We are in the Supreme Court on Appeal. Sureme Court will hear the appeal on 11/03/05. You can find all the words of the case if you look on the internet, and if you write me, I'll send you the appeal as word file.

At 2:36 PM, Micajah said...
I give up: I can't find the text of the allegations made in support of the idea of recalling Sam Reed.

Where is the actual wording?

As a related question: What law gives Sam Reed any authority or responsibility to "certify" the election of Gregoire? It appears that Article III of the constitution gives him a role as a mere messenger -- receiving the "sealed up" election returns from the counties and then delivering them to the speaker of the house (who is to "open" them, "publish" and "declare" the results at a joint session of both houses of the legislature).

October 02, 2005 10:01 AM  

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