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Posted: 10/6/2005 3:28:34 PM EDT
www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=111095

Corruption Charges Begin To Surface In New Orleans Police Department

September 28, 2005 8:00 p.m. EST

Douglas Maher - All Headline News Staff Reporter

New Orleans, Louisiana (AHN) - Fox News reports an investigation is underway by the FBI as agents look into massive corruption on the state and local levels in the New Orleans Police Department.

Police Chief Eddie Compass suddenly resigned on Tuesday asking media interests to respect his right to privacy, but it appears that the former New Orleans cop has a lot of explaining to do.

"It's pretty much always been known, but never openly acknowledged, that NOPD's actual numbers were far below the "official" figure of 1500 - 1700," says the Fox News source.

The number of officers that actually are employed by the department are around 900 to 1,000. The question now remains...where was all of that salary money going to?

The FBI began investigating the New Orleans police who had abandoned their post during Katrina and of the more than 500 screened so far, 84-percent don't exist.

"I served this department for 26 years and have taken it through some of the toughest times of its history. Every man in a leadership position must know when it's time to hand over the reins," says Compass at a news conference.

The investigation is widening on Wednesday to include New Orleans Police Foundation and Elodia Blanco for hiring practices as well.

Corruption was wide-spread during the Katrina aftermath as New Orleans police officers were seen looting shopping centers and filling shopping carts with shoes, clothing, and electronics.

Mayor Ray Nagin was also questioned about allowing a large number of unnamed police officers to go to Las Vegas for rest and relaxation once the military arrived to take over the city. But a problem for the mayor rose when questioned who those officers were and how they could be contacted. Nagin did not have specific names to give.

Several middle ranking police officers committed suicide after the Katrina debacle, Nagin and Compass believe it was due to trauma and exhaustion from the storm but officials are looking into whether or not it might have been related to fear of being caught in a payroll scandal where at least forty-three-percent of the payroll is unaccounted for.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 4:42:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 5:29:17 PM EDT
remember, don't question government. they're always right. they're there to help you.......
and themselves
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 6:45:30 AM EDT
I hate to say it, but does any of that report come as a suprise to anyone?  NOPD has always been known for being corrupt.

Howard
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 7:39:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By uhsammy:
I hate to say it, but does any of that report come as a suprise to anyone?  NOPD has always been known for being corrupt.

Howard


+1  That was always the understanding that I had growing up there.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 8:40:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Voldermortist:
remember, don't question government. they're always right. they're there to help you.......
and themselves



LOL...damn skippy!

Voldermortist is our local anti .gov personality here
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 11:54:16 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 12:02:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By COZ_45:
Anyone know what Nagin did prior to being Mayor?

He was a VP at Cox Cable.  
Oh, yeah, that qualifies you to run a city!



[I am by no means a fan of Mayor Ray Nagin, but] Is that any different than the majority of mayors across America?
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 12:27:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 1:44:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jadams951:

Originally Posted By Voldermortist:
remember, don't question government. they're always right. they're there to help you.......
and themselves



LOL...damn skippy!

Voldermortist is our local anti .gov personality here






I will always be an philosophical anarchist at heart, but I wont be stupid enough to deny that government now is inevitable. So I opt for as limited government as possible.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 8:57:17 AM EDT
What? Corruption in New Orleans??? No Way!

I suppose next you will try and tell me that the world is not flat...

Link Posted: 10/8/2005 9:25:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NFA_Investments:
What? Corruption in New Orleans??? No Way!

I suppose next you will try and tell me that the world is not flat...





+1
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 7:45:57 PM EDT
Just saw on the news tonight that some of NOPD's most elite officers were participating in a small beatdown near Bourbon Street and some Associated Press working stiffs caught it on tape.  I'm sure there's already a thread in GD about it, but I'm too tired right now to go find it.

I have friends who lived in NO before Katrina and they want to return, but I can't see why other than to pack up their belongings and get the hell out for good...

Alpine
Link Posted: 10/9/2005 9:40:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Alpine:
Just saw on the news tonight that some of NOPD's most elite officers were participating in a small beatdown near Bourbon Street and some Associated Press working stiffs caught it on tape.  I'm sure there's already a thread in GD about it, but I'm too tired right now to go find it.

I have friends who lived in NO before Katrina and they want to return, but I can't see why other than to pack up their belongings and get the hell out for good...

Alpine




saw it too.
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 11:36:05 PM EDT
Thought #1 after reading the thread title:

I'm shocked.


Thought #2 after reading the thread title:

Just the police dept?
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