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Posted: 9/29/2005 3:27:44 PM EDT
New Orleans police face looting probe
Acting Superintendent: 'There is zero tolerance'
From Drew Griffin
CNN

Thursday, September 29, 2005; Posted: 6:19 p.m. EDT (22:19 GMT)

NEW ORLEANS (CNN) -- The New Orleans Police Department is investigating allegations some of its officers went on a looting spree while the city plunged into chaos after Hurricane Katrina.

The probe will focus on at least 12 police officers, said acting Superintendent Warren Riley. Four officers have been suspended, and one officer has been reassigned so far, he said.

"There is zero tolerance for misconduct or unprofessionalism by any member of this department," said Riley, promising "swift and decisive action" against violators.

"The more than 2,000 men and women of this agency stand united in not letting a very small segment of members tarnish the great reputation of this department," Riley said. He added that they should be commended for "30 days of tremendous challenges."

Earlier, Capt. Marlon DeFillo acknowledged the investigation after officials reviewed a video showing an officer reaching for a gun as he blocked the door of hotel room.

The hotel's owner, Osman Khan, and an employee told CNN eight New Orleans officers had used the room to stage a four-day drinking and looting binge.(See the video behind the investigation -- 3:50)

If the allegations prove true, the department's internal investigation will result in "swift and decisive action," including criminal charges, DeFillo told CNN. The department has "zero tolerance" for misconduct, he said.

Khan told CNN that 70 police officers moved into his Amerihost Inn and Suites on August 29, the night New Orleans flooded. Most of the officers went out to fight looters and try to keep order on the streets.

But eight of the officers, he said, instead took over the 10th floor of the hotel and embarked on a looting spree of their own.

"They'd leave nine or 10 at night and come back 4:30 in the morning," carrying "everything from Adidas shoes to Rolex watches," Khan said.

Hotel engineer Perry Emery said the eight officers were drinking almost all of the time. When Emery came to the 10th floor to bring towels, he saw what the officers had accumulated.

"Jewelry, generators, fans. One time they came back with a bunch of weapons," Emery said. He said he had no doubts about what he witnessed: "These were New Orleans police officers -- looting."

One generator, Khan said, was stolen -- as he watched -- from Tulane University Hospital next door. He added that the officers ran an extension cord to a refrigerator in their room to keep their beer cold.

City officials have said about 250 New Orleans officers did not report for work after the hurricane. Some appear to have walked off the job.

Police Superintendent Eddie Compass announced Tuesday he would retire. He said he stepped down at the urging of Mayor Ray Nagin, who named Riley to replace him. (Watch the departing police chief 1:36) A department spokesman said Compass' resignation was not related to the looting probe.

Khan and Emery's accounts are not the only reports of police looting. Several witnesses said police are continuing to loot unoccupied homes. The empty city, they say, has made it easy for corrupt officers to take whatever they want.

Erlaine McLaurin said she saw two police cars pull up to an apartment building down the street from where she lives. Then she and her father watched as two officers walked inside and came out with their arms full.

"They [filled] up the white car, the police car," McLaurin said. "He got a four pack of soda, a microwave, CD player. Put that in," she said. "I know everybody that lives here. Ain't no cops live here."

In the building, seven of 12 apartment doors appear to have been kicked, pushed or battered off their frames. It did not appear likely that rescue workers broke down the doors because the neighborhood wasn't flooded.

City resident Steve Thomas said he watched police kick in the door to a lower Garden District home. He has no doubts he saw the officers looting. "They got police escorts coming in here, breaking in houses and taking the stuff," he said.
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 3:34:04 PM EDT

"There is zero tolerance for misconduct or unprofessionalism by any member of this department,"




Yea right...
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 3:36:12 PM EDT
sucks when it takes a disaster as big as Katrina to expose corruption
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 3:40:02 PM EDT
ehh...hang the bastards
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 3:49:37 PM EDT
Watch the NO police department "Blame" the looting on the officers that were on the payroll but who never really existed.....except on paper......so that someone could collect the paychecks and bennies.Last count had the number of "nonexistent" officers at over 100.

Them dims run a police department much like they do voter fraud..........with imagination.
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 3:54:42 PM EDT
And people jumped all over me in another thread where I said it did not matter if you wore a uniform or not, if you entered my property during a time like that I would shoot.


Seems like to Serve and Protect really means Loot and Pillage
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 3:56:33 PM EDT
One generator, Khan said, was stolen -- as he watched -- from Tulane University Hospital next door. He added that the officers ran an extension cord to a refrigerator in their room to keep their beer cold.

I don't condone this kind of behavior, I understand it. But I don't condone it.

//Sam Kinison

Yep, "The Big Easy " has become "The Big Overturned Rock" ...all kinds of slimy creatures slithering out.
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 3:56:51 PM EDT
How in the hell can you be suspended or reassigned when you are part of the looting???

They can show some balls and FIRE those involved rather than pussy-footing around and reassign people!

And then press charges!
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 3:59:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/29/2005 4:02:55 PM EDT by NonConformist]



The probe will focus on at least 12 police officers, said acting Superintendent Warren Riley.

"There is zero tolerance for misconduct or unprofessionalism by any member of this department,"



they should be looking for more than 12 and well see about this

The Police officers who looted should be shot, that is the ultimate betrayel for they swore an oath to serve and protect
Link Posted: 9/29/2005 4:10:38 PM EDT

Captain Defillo refused to answer questions, instead responding to all questions with a cryptic "...."


In other news the new deputy superintendent graduated the same year as Captain Defillo. In response to questions he replied "...."
Link Posted: 9/30/2005 7:17:11 AM EDT
The Police officers who looted should be shot, that is the ultimate betrayel for they swore an oath to serve and protect

+1

But, they aren't police officers.. they are criminals wearing police uniforms... it is called "operating under color of law."


What pisses me off is apparently the Supervisor the hotel owner talked to was not interested in pursuing it, and La State Police took the report, but were not interested in pursuing it.

Then there is the LEO in TX who said they had orders to stop all NOPD cars and check ID. Now that order is withdrawn.

It is a shame that some LEO's would make excuses for those criminals in uniform in New Orleans.

Again, it is not the lowly patrol officer that can put a "ghost employee" on the payroll and collect the salary. It has to go much, much higher, and it has to have cooperation of a lot of supervisors, on up.

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