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  •  I do. (4+ / 0-)

    The Danziger Bridge shooting was not an isolated incident. NOLA after Katrina was absolute chaos thanks to the disorganized and incompetent federal response. NOPD, who by that point had a long history of police brutality and corruption- were basically given free reign to do whatever they wanted. They were given shoot to kill orders, and quite a few of them used that as license to go on a killing spree.  

    I blame the individual officers above all, but you better believe that responsibility goes all the way up to the top.  

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    by SwedishJewfish on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 03:01:42 PM PDT

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    •  Did the Federal government ever have decision (1+ / 0-)
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      making authority?  Meaning was NOPD operating under the authority of FEMA, National Guard or some other agency?

      I really didn't follow this on that level, this is not rhetorical.  Thanks in advance.

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      by democracy is coming on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 06:49:55 PM PDT

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      •  There is a lot of confusion over that point... (2+ / 0-)
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        Many NOPD seemed to be under the impression that they were under Martial law, and that the "shoot to kill" orders came directly from the federal government. We still do not know exactly how they got that impression-whether there was instruction from the feds, or if it was just a rumor. NOPD itself was completely overwhelmed, and received no help for almost a week. Many of the officers went for days without sleep, the storm knocked out their radio systems, and their stations were flooded. It was an absolute mess.  There was a complete breakdown in communication, and very little coordination between federal agencies and the city government. We will probably never know exactly what happened.

        The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places ~Ernest Hemingway
        Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle ~ Anonymous

        by SwedishJewfish on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:54:25 PM PDT

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