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Police Chief Says He Exaggerated Post Katrina Crime
NY Sun ^ | 8/21/06 | Cahnning Joseph

Posted on 08/21/2006 8:04:16 AM PDT by gopwinsin04

New Orleans police chief during Hurricane Katrina, Eddie Compass, says he unnecessarily "heightened people's fears" by repeating unconfirmed reports of out-of-control crime in the city during the aftermath of the storm, adding to the confusion caused by the disaster and potentially hampering rescue efforts.

"There were reports of rapes and children being raped. I even got one report … that my daughter was raped," Mr. Compass says in a Spike Lee documentary scheduled to air on HBO tonight.

"In hindsight, I guess I heightened people's fears by me being the superintendent of police, reporting these things that were reported to me," Mr Compass said. "But there was really no way for me to check definitively. So I repeated these things without being substantiated, and it caused a lot of problems."

Officials and local commentators have long suggested that the false reports of rampant crime following the hurricane were a reason for the slowness of rescue efforts. With recovery teams and humanitarian aid groups frightened to enter the city, many storm survivors were left stranded on roofs without food and water, in makeshift rafts, and in filthy conditions at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

In part due to the trumped-up crime reports, officials in a neighboring town — fearing the chaos would spread — responded by ordering police to shoot any evacuee who attempted to cross the Crescent City Connection bridge into the city of Gretna from New Orleans.

"I'm going to tell you that during that storm, the national media reported rampant rumors that have now turned out not to be true. … And people were terrified," Louisiana's lieutenant governor, Mitch Landrieu, says in the film.

"In my estimation, that Gretna thing was a way overreaction to rampant rumors that were being pushed in the mainstream media," he adds.

(Excerpt) Read more at nysun.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bushhaters; dnctalkingpoints; katrina; katrinaaftermath; louisiana; lyingliars; mediabias; neworleans; nola; nolaaftermath; playtheracecard; powerghraib; racebaiting; racialdivision; rattricks

1 posted on 08/21/2006 8:04:18 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04

He is right - the worst enemy of those trying to maintain order in the Superdome was handheld radios.


2 posted on 08/21/2006 8:07:08 AM PDT by patton (LGOPs = head toward the noise, kill anyone not dressed like you.)
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To: gopwinsin04

Hey, Chief Eddie, great police work!

Can't wait for the next black hurricane sent by Karl Rove and President Bush!


3 posted on 08/21/2006 8:07:19 AM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." - Douglas MacArthur)
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To: gopwinsin04

The biggest disasters in NO.

4 posted on 08/21/2006 8:08:40 AM PDT by varyouga (I no longer fear death. I only fear the day when the DUmmies take over.)
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To: gopwinsin04


I like how the only people effected by Katrina were blacks in NOLA....


5 posted on 08/21/2006 8:08:46 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: RexBeach

'black hurricane' lmao


6 posted on 08/21/2006 8:09:54 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: gopwinsin04; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans

The false reports didn't keep a journalist who repeated such incorrect detail from getting a Pulitzer Prize.

The retractions need to be louder.


7 posted on 08/21/2006 8:11:35 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: varyouga
The biggest disasters in NO.

Photoshop the governor's face in there and you've got the Three Stooges.

8 posted on 08/21/2006 8:11:57 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: gopwinsin04
The post Katrina aftermath was largely a myth. A media driven hysteria which is now enshrined as part of American Mythology.

I'd like to personally B*tch slap Sheppard Smith for his part in it.. actually, I have never liked that twerp, I'd like to slap him upside the head just for being himself.

9 posted on 08/21/2006 8:12:30 AM PDT by Paradox (The "smarter" the individual, the greater his power of self-deception.)
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To: gopwinsin04
No cable here. Sounds like Spike Lee may have something going on here!

Live thread, anyone?

10 posted on 08/21/2006 8:13:55 AM PDT by don-o (Proudly posting without reading the thread since 1998. (stolen from one cool dude))
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To: gopwinsin04
Notice he doesn't apologize for, nor even mention, the orders to confiscate all privately owned firearms. This despite the fact that a court ruled that those orders were illegal, and that the firearms must be returned to their rightful owners. Doesn't mention dragging their feet on those returns either.
11 posted on 08/21/2006 8:14:08 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: gopwinsin04

I want to know why the headline doesn't read "FORMER POLICE CHEIF"?


12 posted on 08/21/2006 8:14:22 AM PDT by Walkingfeather (u)
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To: gopwinsin04

He lied about THAT, just like he LIED when he said he did not steal 1,000's of guns from the law abiding. But what can one expect from Chocolate City?


13 posted on 08/21/2006 8:15:48 AM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: gopwinsin04
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14 posted on 08/21/2006 8:15:49 AM PDT by martin_fierro (If we're still here tomorrow I never said this)
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To: Paradox

You take Shep, I get Jerry Rivers.


15 posted on 08/21/2006 8:16:21 AM PDT by mngalt (In a sane world the answer to energy shortages would be more electricity and oil.)
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To: Paradox

Add Anderson Cooper to the hall of shame.


16 posted on 08/21/2006 8:17:26 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: Paradox

"The post Katrina aftermath was largely a myth."

Really? You know, I have read that a lot on FR. I'm of the opinion that the real "myth" is the unprecendented occurence of the media "slapping it's own hand" on this one.

I've yet to speak to anyone who was actually there who would tell you they lived a "myth".


17 posted on 08/21/2006 8:20:56 AM PDT by L98Fiero (Evil is an exact science)
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To: gopwinsin04

I am confused, as one who lives 75 miles east of New Orleans, (Mississippi), how this man can lie and said none of this was true. Not only were their rapes, in hospitals of their staff, and stealing drugs from the hospitals, they, the thugs, stayed behind to loot, pillage and plunder. They were in fact, shooting at relief personnel, firefighters, police, hence, some leaving, UNTIL the military came in and blew them away, even while shooting from inside of the brick buildings. The powers that be in New Orleans did in fact recieve billions from our government and have as of yet dispursed said funds. The only decent people left in New Orleans are some business owners, and locals around the Garden District. It is a literal ghost town. BUT NOT AS A FAULT OF OUR GOVERNMENT.
Makes good airplay though, and imagine if a white Nagen made those statements recently, what would happen. He should be in jail along with the gov.


18 posted on 08/21/2006 8:21:39 AM PDT by Terridan (God help us send these Islamic Extremist savages back into Hell where they belong...)
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To: varyouga
You forgot a couple folks...


19 posted on 08/21/2006 8:24:12 AM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: Paradox

I still can see Shep having a fit about babies dying at the convention center.

All rumors reported as truth.


20 posted on 08/21/2006 8:25:02 AM PDT by JRochelle
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To: martin_fierro

LOL!

I had forgotten about that POS!


21 posted on 08/21/2006 8:25:46 AM PDT by JRochelle
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To: L98Fiero
Of course, the aftermath was awful! No doubt, but alot of it was grossly exagerated.

Now, I HAVE talked to someone who lived through it, and he assures me it was as bad as one could imagine. He showed me pictures, told me his story, but basically he said that it was the peoples fault, because the KNEW the storm was coming, and yet the stood their ground. And this guy is a "real scientist", so he is no dummy. He basically blames himself and his neighbors. He also did NOT report any rampant crime or gang problems or anything like that, it was mostly neighbors helping neighbors. So the storm and flooding itself was as bad as reported, but the rest was exagerated.

22 posted on 08/21/2006 8:32:51 AM PDT by Paradox (The "smarter" the individual, the greater his power of self-deception.)
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To: gopwinsin04

Compass ought to be in jail for unlawfully issuing orders to disarm law-abiding citizens in a situation where arms were an absolute necessity for self-protection.

Look up "deprivation of civil rights under color of law".


23 posted on 08/21/2006 8:40:00 AM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline has been Reutered. (Can you tell?))
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To: CajunConservative

Thats two of our favorites!

Mee-Maw and Baby Fat!


24 posted on 08/21/2006 8:40:54 AM PDT by tiger63
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To: mhking; rdb3; Petronski

say that again chief ping


25 posted on 08/21/2006 8:44:42 AM PDT by cyborg (No I don't miss the single life at all.)
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To: tiger63
Those two b!tches started this mess with their anti Bush posturing before the storm hit. They deserve a lot of the blame for how things went down in NOLA.

I live on the Rita side of the state, we have very competent leaders here. We are growing like gangbusters here. It's unbelievable. Of course none of the positive news gets highlighted at all.
26 posted on 08/21/2006 8:49:07 AM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: gopwinsin04
"There were reports of rapes and children being raped. I even got one report … that my daughter was raped," Mr. Compass says in a Spike Lee documentary scheduled to air on HBO tonight.

Would he have been so quick to spread these unproven rumors if he found out that he was rumored to be one of the rapists??

This story just keeps getting better and better. Somewhere, the Ringling Brothers AND Barnum and Bailey are rolling over in their graves as this circus continues to unfold!!
27 posted on 08/21/2006 9:01:34 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Terridan
Yes indeed, I live on the northshore just across the lake from New Orleans. I agree, there were many more horrors that weren't reported. These few stories they are saying were false are just a drop in the bucket of the looting, killing, shooting and other horrors that really did take place.

I noticed that after the nanny-in-charge governor called for shoot to kill orders, the storied began to subside.
28 posted on 08/21/2006 9:33:25 AM PDT by auntyfemenist (Card carrying conservative, William F. Buckley fan.)
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To: varyouga

Add Chief Moose for the trifecta of brain dead incompetence.


29 posted on 08/21/2006 10:14:53 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: Walkingfeather

Re: #12

Because their spell-checker caught it!!


30 posted on 08/21/2006 10:21:40 AM PDT by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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To: gopwinsin04
My basement flooded the other night. I'm still waiting for my debit card from FEMA, and those bloated bodies floating around downstairs are really starting to stink.

This crap happens every year, we need a new sewer system. I'm DEFINITELY voting for a new city councilman this year.

31 posted on 08/21/2006 11:09:03 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: gopwinsin04

I bet this goes with the phantom (federal tax dollar paid) police officers.


32 posted on 08/21/2006 11:35:27 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: gopwinsin04
Eddie Compass, says he unnecessarily "heightened people's fears"

Oops!

33 posted on 08/21/2006 1:14:50 PM PDT by mhking ("Lotion -- apply directly to your skin; Lotion -- apply directly to your skin...")
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To: gopwinsin04
The rumors were started by the ordinary people, mostly black, who live there because having lived cheek to jowl with the hoods and the underclass of New Orleans they could believe anything was possible from them. The rest of the country believed because of the Watts, Detroit, LA, etc. riots.
34 posted on 08/21/2006 7:25:25 PM PDT by jordan8
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To: L98Fiero
"I've yet to speak to anyone who was actually there who would tell you they lived a "myth"."

Well, the ex police superintendent of NO just told the world it was a myth. Does that count?

yitbos

35 posted on 08/21/2006 8:06:11 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds. " - Ayn Rand)
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To: Terridan
"Not only were their rapes, in hospitals of their staff, and stealing drugs from the hospitals, they, the thugs, stayed behind to loot, pillage and plunder. They were in fact, shooting at relief personnel, firefighters, police, hence,"

Who told you this stuff, the Police Superintendent who had to resign because of his lies?

yitbos

36 posted on 08/21/2006 8:08:51 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds. " - Ayn Rand)
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To: auntyfemenist

If this makes you feel any better, they were "shooting to kill" BEFORE she or the military arrived, both there and here... I will never forget the feeling of relief when they arrived and covered ALL of our backs. I will be forever grateful. And God bless you and yours, stay well.


37 posted on 08/21/2006 11:37:18 PM PDT by Terridan (God help us send these Islamic Extremist savages back into Hell where they belong...)
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To: gopwinsin04

bttt


38 posted on 08/21/2006 11:38:10 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: bruinbirdman

No, and where do you live. I tend to believe my friends and partners who asked for reinforcements, during and after the storm. Thankfully, the military arrived ALL ACROSS THE GULF COAST, AND TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS.
Of course, it is easier to believe nothing really happened. Another "out of sight, out of mind" person.


39 posted on 08/21/2006 11:41:21 PM PDT by Terridan (God help us send these Islamic Extremist savages back into Hell where they belong...)
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To: gopwinsin04
"In hindsight, I guess I heightened people's fears by me being the superintendent of police, reporting these things that were reported to me," Mr Compass said. "But there was really no way for me to check definitively. So I repeated these things without being substantiated, and it caused a lot of problems."

Sounds like he is passing the buck and not taking full responsibility for his actions

40 posted on 08/21/2006 11:43:28 PM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: El Gato

Or that the majority of them will NEVER be returned!
The owners cannot find their purchase receipt, or proof of inheritance, proof of the gift, etc. in order to "prove" they owned the confiscated guns.

If a cop takes your property and does not give you a receipt, consider it stolen, and do not expect to get it back.


41 posted on 08/21/2006 11:44:30 PM PDT by Richard-SIA ("The natural progress of things is for government to gain ground and for liberty to yield" JEFFERSON)
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To: gopwinsin04

I snuck a few peaks at the Spike Lee docu tonight. It seemed a little bit fair. But when Harry Belafonte appeared on the screen, I had to leave to avoid an episode of nuclear projectile barfing.


42 posted on 08/21/2006 11:50:42 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: bruinbirdman

Feds Sending Help For Law Enforcers (New Orleans)
The Times Picayune ^ | August 21, 2006 | Sheila Grissett


Posted on 08/21/2006 7:42:32 PM PDT by mcg2000


Geez, who'd of thought extra law enforcement was needed here now in the year2006, to control and prosecute the thugs? Get a grip....


43 posted on 08/22/2006 12:49:08 AM PDT by Terridan (God help us send these Islamic Extremist savages back into Hell where they belong...)
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To: Terridan; bruinbirdman

"Thankfully, the military arrived ALL ACROSS THE GULF COAST, AND TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS."

I have friends in the COE and Wildlife and Fisheries that share that sentiment. Regardless what these denyers say, people I know and trust were there and they sing a far different tune. "I was much safer in Iraq", was one of my COE friend's comments.


44 posted on 08/22/2006 8:04:10 AM PDT by L98Fiero (Evil is an exact science)
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To: bruinbirdman

Better late than never....
Of course you would never believe a fellow law enforcement partner, firefighter or military back up would you???
What else could the lousy gov. and mayor do but force retractions.... I would love to see the US FEDS order an accounting of all payoffs made to victems and families to keep quiet... been there seen that, and not just in NOR...
It was quelled IMEDIATELY in other cities...


45 posted on 10/21/2006 11:29:25 PM PDT by Terridan (God help us send these Islamic Extremist savages back into Hell where they belong...)
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To: bruinbirdman

Read this, but again, you would never believe us LOCALS>>>>


To: Terridan; bruinbirdman
"Thankfully, the military arrived ALL ACROSS THE GULF COAST, AND TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS."

I have friends in the COE and Wildlife and Fisheries that share that sentiment. Regardless what these denyers say, people I know and trust were there and they sing a far different tune. "I was much safer in Iraq", was one of my COE friend's comments.



44 posted on 08/22/2006 8:04:10 AM PDT by L98Fiero (Evil is an exact science)


46 posted on 10/21/2006 11:30:59 PM PDT by Terridan (God help us send these Islamic Extremist savages back into Hell where they belong...)
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To: L98Fiero
"Thankfully, the military arrived ALL ACROSS THE GULF COAST, AND TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS."

I'll bet ol' Shoot First Harry Lee didn't have any trouble in Jefferson Parish. He'd be in a helicoptor shooting looters with a machine gun.

yitbos

47 posted on 10/22/2006 1:38:33 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds. " - Ayn Rand)
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To: Terridan
"Thankfully, the military arrived ALL ACROSS THE GULF COAST, AND TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS."

I'll bet ol' Shoot First Harry Lee didn't have any trouble in Jefferson Parish. He'd be in a helicoptor shooting looters with a machine gun.

yitbos

48 posted on 10/22/2006 1:41:33 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds. " - Ayn Rand)
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