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    New Orleans police chief resigning
    Move follows disclosure that many officers left posts during Katrina
    The Associated Press
    Updated: 4:09 p.m. ET Sept. 27, 2005

    NEW ORLEANS - Police Superintendent Eddie Compass resigned Tuesday after four turbulent weeks in which the police force came under fire for its conduct in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath.

    “I served this department for 26 years and have taken it through some of the toughest times of its history. Every man in a leadership position must know when it’s time to hand over the reins,” Compass said at a news conference. “I'll be going on in another direction that God has for me.”

    Neither Compass nor Mayor Ray Nagin would say whether Compass was pressured to resign.

    “He leaves the apartment in pretty good shape and with a significant amount of leadership,” Nagin said.

    Earlier in the day, the department said 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.

    Lt. David Benelli, president of the Police Association of New Orleans, the union for rank-and-file officers, said true deserters should be fired.

    “For those who left because of cowardice, they don’t need to be here,” Benelli told The Times-Picayune in Tuesday’s edition. “If you’re a deserter and you deserted your post for no other reason than you were scared, then you left the department and I don’t see any need for you to come back.”

    But Benelli said he believes only a small fraction of the officers will wind up being deserters.

    “We know there were people who flat-out deserted,” he said. “But we also know there were officers who had to make critical decisions about what to do with their families.

    At a news conference Sept. 5, Deputy Police Superintendent Warren Riley had said between 400 and 500 officers on the 1,600-member police force were unaccounted for.

    Each case will be investigated to determine whether the officer was truly a deserter or had legitimate reasons to be absent, Riley said.

    Some lost their homes and some are looking for their families. “Some simply left because they said they could not deal with the catastrophe,” Riley said.
    The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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    QUOTE(*007* @ Sep 27 2005, 03:23 PM) Quoted post

    Neither Compass nor Mayor Ray Nagin would say whether Compass was pressured to resign.

    “He leaves the apartment in pretty good shape and with a significant amount of leadership,” Nagin said.


    Earlier in the day, the department said 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.


    [/b][/quote]

    He is an idiot...
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      Earlier in the day, the department said 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[/b][/quote].

      I had no idea it was that many. You know what they say, when the going gets tough . . .
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      • #4
        You think that could have been a misprint, Blue?
        “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

        Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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        • #5
          QUOTE(Razzy @ Sep 27 2005, 04:06 PM) Quoted post

          You think that could have been a misprint, Blue?
          [/b][/quote]

          Probably, but that does not change the FACT that Nagin is a complete idiot.
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          • #6
            Nobody in local government covered themselves with glory on this one. The price for decades of putting corrupt idiots in charge has finally come home. The governor, the mayor, the cops, they're all incompetent at best, criminal at worst.

            Note: this should NOT be taken as an endorsement of the Federal reaction. Just that local handling has to come first.

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            • #7
              Nagin has been appointed acting chief...

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              • #8
                actually initially they said that nearly 500 police officers had failed to show up for work during and after katrina. so it is my guess that now the actual number is coming out and the 250 number is pretty close.

                the shame of all of this is that the new orleans police dept has for years been a fabled haven of corruption. i believe 60 minutes ran an expose a few years ago that resulted in absolutely nothing being done. why wasnt this head of the force held accountable long before now?
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                  QUOTE(billiken_roy @ Sep 27 2005, 04:14 PM) Quoted post

                  actually initially they said that nearly 500 police officers had failed to show up for work during and after katrina. so it is my guess that now the actual number is coming out and the 250 number is pretty close.

                  the shame of all of this is that the new orleans police dept has for years been a fabled haven of corruption. i believe 60 minutes ran an expose a few years ago that resulted in absolutely nothing being done. why wasnt this head of the force held accountable long before now?
                  [/b][/quote]

                  I remember the expose', though I thought it was one of the Bill Curtis A&E things. Interesting check to do if you're forming a police force: are any of your cops ex-cons? Almost a quarter of NO's were. To hell with that, are any of your cops ACTIVE felons? Seven active-duty NO cops were wanted on felony charges. Two went to death row on a murder-for-hire conviction.

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                    QUOTE(Airshark @ Sep 27 2005, 05:31 PM) Quoted post

                    QUOTE(billiken_roy @ Sep 27 2005, 04:14 PM) Quoted post

                    actually initially they said that nearly 500 police officers had failed to show up for work during and after katrina. so it is my guess that now the actual number is coming out and the 250 number is pretty close.

                    the shame of all of this is that the new orleans police dept has for years been a fabled haven of corruption. i believe 60 minutes ran an expose a few years ago that resulted in absolutely nothing being done. why wasnt this head of the force held accountable long before now?
                    [/b][/quote]

                    I remember the expose', though I thought it was one of the Bill Curtis A&E things. Interesting check to do if you're forming a police force: are any of your cops ex-cons? Almost a quarter of NO's were. To hell with that, are any of your cops ACTIVE felons? Seven active-duty NO cops were wanted on felony charges. Two went to death row on a murder-for-hire conviction.
                    [/b][/quote]

                    It was 60 Minutes.

                    Definitely an eye opener.
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