Law and Disorder – After Katrina, New Orleans Cops Were Told They Could Shoot Looters – ProPublica

by Sabrina Shankman, Tom Jennings, Brendan McCarthy, Laura Maggi and A.C. Thompson

July 24, 2012 5:35 pm EDT

Print

E-mail

20 Comments

Updated July 24: The New Orleans Police Department and the Department of Justice have reached an agreement for top-to-bottom reforms of the troubled police force. The plan addresses a range of issues, several of which we reported on in our coverage of police shootings in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Since our reporting, federal prosecutors have built a string of criminal cases against 20 current or former officers.

This story was originally published on Aug. 24, 2010 and was co-published with The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

In the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina, an order circulated among New Orleans police authorizing officers to shoot looters, according to present and former members of the department.

It’s not clear how broadly the order was communicated. Some officers who heard it say they refused to carry it out. Others say they understood it as a fundamental change in the standards on deadly force, which allow police to fire only to protect themselves or others from what appears to be an imminent physical threat.

via Law and Disorder – After Katrina, New Orleans Cops Were Told They Could Shoot Looters – ProPublica.

Why You Mad Son Entertainment

join the revolution of the mind

bedlamfury

Thoughts, Random Senses

Ramblings...

Conquering Kids and cancer

The Rojava Report

News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan

rob's revolting

The colonies are self-destructing - it's a scorched earth policy, a war of attrition, so the survivors are left with NOTHING!

Liwen ñi Mapu & Asoc. Colectivo. Red de Noticias e Información sobre Pueblos Indígenas, Derechos Humanos.

Portal y Red de Noticias e Información sobre Pueblos Indígenas, Derechos Humanos, Participación y Representación Política, Empowerment, Desarrollo y Progreso Humano y +

ΝΕΑ ΧΩΡΙΣ ΦΙΛΤΡΟ ΦΕΛΛΟΥ

Νέα και Παράξενα-Σελίδες εναλλακτικής πληροφόρησης και ειδήσεων-alternative informations

Free Collective

Media activists - Street Art, Info, migration rights, anarchism, anti-fascism.. [Spanish, English and French]

Mixed American Life

Mixed Culture | Mixed Heritage | Mixed Identity | Mixed Parenting

Righting Red

Ramblings, ruminations, and activism from an idealistic Lakota storyteller.

The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund

Real solidarity for those fighting hate.

flightattendantfailures

Documenting White Supremacists Internet Extortion

SYRIA 360° | INTERNATIONALIST NEWS AGENCY

REPORTING ON EVENTS IN SYRIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST FROM AN INTERNATIONALIST PERSPECTIVE

PEACH STATE ANTI-RACIST-ACTION

Directly Confronting Racism Online and in the Streets!