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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.
9 posted on 04/04/2012 1:56:52 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

Good analysis!


11 posted on 04/04/2012 2:04:16 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: robowombat
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.

True, but I would say that applies to all levels of government -- local, state, and federal. IMO the correct hermeneutic here to explain their actions is a reflexive, panicked power grab. Very much what we saw after 9/11. In all cases in which government in a crisis is shown to be inattentive and helpless, the recovery strategy seems to be to flex muscles and bellow about authority.

12 posted on 04/04/2012 2:07:26 PM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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