To: Clint N. Suhks
Was race involved or is this another buried story.
To: George from New England
No race was not a part of this story. A couple of the police involved were black. It is just a monument to how individuals with a number of maladaptive personal traits react when they are also part of a dysfunctional organization. The NOPD collapsed after Katrina as did the local and state government. The NOPD members who remained on duty complained that ‘no one understood how bad they had it’. I am sorry this wasn't the Halifax Explosion or 9-11. There were a lot of dead people around. So, that is what police and emergency services are supposed to be trained to deal with. Not only were no attempts made to contain looters but many of the NOPD (as in this case) seem to have collapsed psychologically and acted as though they were in a state of shock. Not unusual for SE Louisiana. People here constantly react poorly when faced by unexpected challenges or when the predictable consequences of their bad choices bite them. This is what hundreds of years of failed paternalistic schemes of government produces.
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