September 27, 2005
N.O. Police Say 249 Officers Left Posts: 'A case of the inmates running the assylum'Topics: Natural Disasters
The above image is the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor honoring the 442 public safety officers who gave their lives on September the 11th. On that day, firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, Port Authority personnel and other public safety officers performed their jobs with extraordinary distinction in the face of unspeakable terror. All of them were awarded the medal of valor.
But it's unlikely that the President will be awarding any such medals to members of the New Orleans police, where 249 officers left their posts - nearly 15 percent of the force, and could face a special tribunal because they left their posts without permission during Hurricane Katrina and the storm's chaotic aftermath.
In the storm's chaotic aftermath? Compare the "storm's chaotic aftermath" with that of 9/11, and then compare the acts of the 442 men and women who died trying to save others in 9/11 vs. 249 police officers in New Orleans that ran away.
Somethings wrong with this picture, and I think I know what it is. I believe that the difference is in both leadership and character - leadership throughout the city's administration and the character of a city and a large segment of it's people, steeped in corruption, crime, and a lack of both morals and moral fiber.
And at the risk of really sounding like a Kook, you have to admit that it's a little ironic that the Mayor sent his poor, tired, fire fighters to - sin city, for a "much needed" rest! It's almost laughable.
Read a great perspective from a Black man that points to the chaos in post-Katrina New Orleans as being a case of "Inmates running the asylum."
Posted by Richard at September 27, 2005 12:25 PM
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