Dallas Cops Nix Katrina Officers
Report; Posted on: 2005-10-26 06:05:29
Reject applications from former New Orleans police
Background investigations have shown that “several” former New Orleans officers applying to the Dallas Police Department for employment are suspect deserters who fled their posts as Hurricane Katrina raged. As a result, the Dallas PD has denied a number of applications, saying that the would-be recruits lack the fibre to serve the Texan metropolis. "In law enforcement, in the military deserting your post is considered, well, it's not a good thing,” contends Dallas Deputy Chief Floyd Simpson, in a statement which will probably be called “racist.”
Up to one third of the overwhelmingly-Black New Orleans Police Department deserted their posts during Hurricane Katrina, in one of the most spectacular breakdowns of order in US law enforcement history. Some officers joined looters in sacking city shops, while others are accused of stealing up to two hundred automobiles from a dealership. Officers who stayed at their posts were rocked by gunfire from marauding looters, who also fired on rescue personnel, including helicopters sent to rescue them. The New Orleans police spokesman committed suicide in a fit of hopelessness when faced with the meltdown. Black police chief Eddie Compass resigned amid speculation that many of the federally-funded police officers never existed, and were merely on the books to secure grants, which have disappeared.
The NOPD, which relied on an aggressive affirmative action program, was viewed nationwide as one of the most inept and corrupt police forces in the United States even before the hurricane.
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