Tuesday, September 27, 2005

NOPD loses another, Brownie cries defamation

Eddie Compass, superintendent of the New Orleans police department, announced his retirement today. It's being reported that he "didn't give any reason for the decision." It's been publicized that many police officers failed in their "serve and protect" responsibilities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. However, prior to the resignation of Compass, it was "revealed that nearly 250 New Orleans police officers left their posts without permission during Hurricane Katrina." Two officers commited suicide during the devastation.

Today was also an exciting day in Washing as former FEMA director Michael Brown was confronted by "sometimes heated testimony before a congressional committee ... for dragging their heels last month as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast ... The storm devastated Mississippi coastal towns and left most of New Orleans flooded when the city's protective levees failed at several points. Brown said Mississippi and Alabama had evacuated properly but that New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco were reluctant to order an evacuation. 'My biggest mistake was not recognizing by Saturday [August 27] that Louisiana was dysfunctional,' he said in his opening testimony. Later, he testified, 'My mistake was in recognizing that, for whatever reasons, ... Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco were reticent to order a mandatory evacuation.'"

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