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  • frogdust
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    Louisiana has no Martial Law

    Martial law clarified

    Tuesday, 9:02 p.m.

    The state Attorney General's office on Tuesday sought to clarify reports in some media that "martial law' has been declared in parts of storm-ravaged southeast Louisiana, saying no such term exists in Louisiana law.

    But even though no martial law exists, Gov. Kathleen Blanco's declaration of a state of emergency gives authorities widespread latitude to suspend civil liberties as they try to restore order and bring victims to safety. Under the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act of 1993, the governor and, in some cases, chief parish officials, have the right to commandeer or utilize any private property if necessary to cope with the emergency.

    Authorities may also suspend any statute related to the conduct of official business, or any rule issued by a state agency, if complying would "prevent, hinder or delay necessary action'' to mitigate the emergency.

    It also gives authority the right to compel evacuations, suspend alcohol and weapons sales and make provisions for the availability and use of temporary emergency housing.

    The law gives mayors similar authority, except they do not have the right to commandeer private property or make provisions for emergency housing, according to a background brief prepared by the state Attorney General's office.

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  • Lucky Seven
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    If everybody will just hold on I'm sure that the firemen will come and save the day.

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  • kcolg
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    I have seen a picture of one 'cop' (had the NOPD badge on his shirt and was flanked by a sgt) that had a handful of what looked to be DVD's still in their packaging in his hands.

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  • Bart
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    Originally posted by ftlaudcop
    have that sheriff.....deputize all the local rednecks, cajuns,
    and every abled bodied man that can carry a pump shot gun !!!

    their is more justice coming outta that shotgun, than any courtroom..!
    the rednecks are part of the problem. why the hell would you want to deputize them?

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  • ftlaudcop
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    have that sheriff.....deputize all the local rednecks, cajuns,
    and every abled bodied man that can carry a pump shot gun !!!

    their is more justice coming outta that shotgun, than any courtroom..!

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  • mosetti
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    I have to disagee that the deployment of the National Guard has not impacted the ability of state and local authorities to enforce martial law and provide disaster relief. I am not a liberal by any means, but there is no denying that having up to 50% of your state military forces deployed is impacting humanitarian and law and order operations.

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  • Cruiser
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    There are more than enough National Guard troops to fulfill the mission there along the Gulf Coast. This statement that the war in Iraq is causing problems with relief is a propaganda statement from some of the left wing extremists to take advantage of this bad situation. As for the looters, I don't have a problem with shooting any of them that are carrying out weapons, tv's etc. Now if someone if getting water and/or food, then I take a differant attitude. Killing someone for thief is not justified as punishment in a civilizied society but, shooting someone who is looting is justified to keep a society civilized!

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  • formerNOPD
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    A number of things:

    First, the guy on the front page - J.J. Jacob is guarding the walgreens pharmacy was in the academy with me. He's a great guy.

    Second, the "cops" looting is not confirmed, security officers in new orleans wear a uniform that is very close to the NOPD uniform. I'm not saying that this story is not true, just not confirmed. There are a lot of turds on NOPD, I know, I worked there for 3 and a half years. I may be going down with the federal effort to help restore order with FEMA.
    This behaviour is pretty normal in new orleans. Criminals will take advantage of a situation to do what they want to.

    This is the reason why crime is so bad in new orleans. Citizens need to start taking action to help the police. If you see a looter, then protect your property. This is already happening in a few areas of the city.

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  • BS_CJ
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    Originally posted by Bart
    i find it funny how people are looting stores and taking TV's and microwaves. what the hell are they going to do with that crap? they have no electricity and no house to plug them into. theyre carrying that heavy crap down the street for nothing. LOL. how stupid can one be?

    I bet the pawn shop up on 23rd street is still open, hurry honey grab another [/stupid criminal]

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  • Bart
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    Originally posted by SkyCop418
    I am distgusted by this looting in NE (NEW ORLEANS). I also just heard that someone shot a cop in the head. What in the hell is wrong with there people?!! Totally insane!
    i find it funny how people are looting stores and taking TV's and microwaves. what the hell are they going to do with that crap? they have no electricity and no house to plug them into. theyre carrying that heavy crap down the street for nothing. LOL. how stupid can one be?

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  • Bart
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    Originally posted by JHoek
    what about the NOPD officer pushing a full shopping cart out of a looted walmart in full uniform? I hear the NOPD is joining in with the looters
    from what i understand, NOPD officers were gathering basic supplies like medicine, food and clothing to give to people. in a case like this, i think their justified in taking those things in order to preserve lives.

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  • La. cop
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    Fox News and Wire Services

    New Orleans Police Station Attacked As Looters Rampage

    The areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina are unfortunately also those hardest hit by looters while the police trying to stop them in New Orleans came under attack when two men with AK-47s opened fire on their police station.

    Fox News reporter Jeff Goldblatt said two men with automatic weapons opened fire on a downtown New Orleans police station late Tuesday in an apparent retaliation against an officer who tried to stop looters earlier in the day from carting off clothes and jewelry from stores in the area.

    As conditions deteriorated on the Gulf Coast, with no electricity, no water, and rising flood waters, looters were running wild in the streets, first looting grocery stores and later pharmacies, clothing and jewelry stores.

    "It's downtown Baghdad," a tourist in downtown New Orleans said. "It's insane. I've wanted to come here for 10 years. I thought this was a sophisticated city. I guess not."

    Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said looting would not be tolerated in his state and that looters would be dealt with "ruthlessly," but with no electricity in the areas hardest hit and communication systems down, police and National Guard units were hampered in their efforts to stop the lawlessness.

    A Matter of Survival

    But some of the "looting" was a matter of survival. One report said a manager of a Wal-Mart opened the doors of his store and told residents to take anything they needed.

    At a drug store near the French Quarter in New Orleans, two police officers with shotguns stood guard as workers from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel across the street loaded large laundry bins full of medications, snack foods and bottled water.

    "This is for the sick," Officer Jeff Jacob said. "We can commandeer whatever we see fit, whatever is necessary to maintain law." Officer D.J. Butler told the crowd standing around that they would leave as soon as they got the necessities. "I'm not saying you're welcome to it," the officer said. "This is the situation we're in. We have to make the best of it."

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  • La. cop
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    CBS NEWS

    With law officers and National Guardsmen focused on saving lives, looters around the city spent another day brazenly ransacking stores for food, clothing, appliances

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  • sflcop
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    The shooting of a NOPD officer in the head is confirmed, but he is going to be okay. STORY

    Gunmen And Looters

    The top Homeland Security official in New Orleans said bands of gunmen are roaming through the city.

    Terry Ebbert said looters have been breaking into stores all over town to steal guns. The Times-Picayune newspaper reported that the gun section at a new Wal-Mart has been cleaned out. And the thieves are apparently using their new guns, with shots heard through the night.

    Guns aren't the only things drawing the thieves. People commandeered a forklift in high ground to lift storm shutters and break the glass of a Rite-Aid pharmacy. A crowd stormed the store, carrying away ice, water and food.

    A spokeswoman for Lousiana's governor said workers at Children's Hospital huddled with sick kids and waited for help to arrive as looters tried to break in. Help never arrived.

    A city councilwoman said, "The French Quarter has been attacked." She said "exhausted, scarce police" have to be diverted from search and rescue to try to control the looters.

    What police presence there is in New Orleans and Biloxi, Miss., isn't slowing down looters.

    A police spokesman in New Orleans said a police officer was shot in the head by a looter, but he's expected to recover.

    Dozens of looters on historic Canal Street have ripped open steel gates to stores. Some filled plastic garbage cans to carry or float stolen goods.

    In Biloxi, looters picked through slot machines of damaged casinos to see if they still had coins inside.

    One motel owner said people are just "filling up garbage bags and walking off like they're Santa Claus."

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  • rpd1794
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    While I absolutely DO NOT support officers joining in with the looting, I think it's easy for us to sit in our DRY homes, in the air conditioning, sipping a cold drink, and passing judgement on brother and sister officers. We all know how the media works, and what they will show. N.O. has at least a couple thousand officers, and if four of them are looting while the rest are trying to do their jobs in unimaginable circumstances, what do you think ol' CNN is gonna put on TV???

    C'mon folks, a little support for your family in blue is in order. Your house isn't flooded, you will be getting a paycheck on payday, you know where your family is, and you aren't worried about whether you will get to eat tonight.

    They are woefully outnumbered by people who likely had questionable ethics to begin with, who now see this as a free for all opportunity to take whatevr they want. You can't lock them up...where are you gonna put them? You can shoot a few, but you'll run out of ammo long before you run out of turds.

    I think now is the time for prayers and support, not comments on how they are dealing with something that we don't have to go through right now.

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