by John Hawkins | September 1, 2005 6:41 pm
This is just surreal…
“Police say storm victims are being raped and beaten inside the New Orleans Convention Center.
About 15,200 people who had taken shelter at the convention center to await buses grew increasingly hostile.
Police Chief Eddie Compass says he sent in 88 officers to quell the situation at the building, but they were quickly beaten back by an angry mob.
Compass says, “We have individuals who are getting raped, we have individuals who are getting beaten.”
He says tourists are walking in that direction and they are getting preyed upon.
In hopes of defusing the unrest at the convention center, Mayor Ray Nagin gave the refugees permission to march across a bridge to the city’s unflooded west bank for whatever relief they can find. But the bedlam appeared to make leaving difficult.”
So we have people getting raped, beaten, and “preyed upon” and the police are being “beaten back?” Were their guns lost in the flood? If not, pull out the guns and see who beats back who.
“Oh, Hawkins, you should have more compassion…” Oh, I have compassion all right, but it’s for the poor people who are being raped, beaten and murdered, not for the mob.
It’s much better that the police put some members of that mob on a slab if necessary than to allow a group of thugs to run wild. The police should show some spine, do their jobs, and establish order…
*** Update #1 ***: From CNN:
“Nightfall and rising violence threatened to further disrupt relief efforts Thursday in New Orleans as authorities rescued residents still trapped in the flooded city and evacuated thousands of others living among corpses and human waste.
The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown, said his agency was attempting to work “under conditions of urban warfare.”
…Police warned a CNN crew to stay off the streets because of escalating danger, and cautioned others about attempted shootings and rapes by groups of young men.
…One displaced resident at the Louisiana Superdome…described scenes of lawlessness and desperation, with people simply dragging corpses into corners.
“They have quite a few people running around here with guns,” he said. “You got these young teenage boys running around up here raping these girls.”
The kid gloves need to come off because this cannot be allowed to continue. These looters and thugs are disrupting the rescue efforts and terrorizing the people still left in the city. The government should use as much force as is necessary to restore order and they should do it ASAP…
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