Hurricane Katrina

White property valued over Black life: Mayor order police to stop rescue to stop looters!

By Noble Johns

So, a bunch of fools are looting for greed, and as a result, New Orleans’ officials have called off the search-and-rescue missions of tens of thousands of poor people who are dying in their flooded homes in that grief stricken city. It’s obvious that Mayor Ray Nagin is putting white property over Black life, and he's Black!

And, I am sick and tired of the images over and over again of the Nigger who was stealing the plasma TV, and didn’t have electricity to play it. Consider this; when it come to the Blacks in the country, even in a disaster like this, the press always goes negative on the issue, even when innocent Black people are dying.

The desperation of the poor must not be over looked; it’s immoral to punish good people for the lawlessness of a few tugs when thousands of people are in a live or die situation. People have even been complainting that the cops are doing most of the looting to feed their families. Consider this; if the stuff that is being looted is contaminated in the first place, what is wrong with the poor people taking advantage of it to survive? The insurance companies are going to pay for the shit anyway.

God is watching you so-called Christians in this Christian nation called America. Never forget, that a society is judged by how it treats its poor, and the way Blacks are treated in this country is a crime against God!

Nagin, ordered 1,500 police officers to leave their search-and-rescue mission Wednesday night and return to the streets to stop looting that has turned increasingly hostile as the city plunges deeper into chaos. How stupid can you get; you will let the Blacks who elected you as mayor die to protect these crackers expensive properties.

"They are starting to get closer to heavily populated areas-- hotels, hospitals, and we're going to stop it right now," Nagin said in a statement to reporters.

The number of officers called off the search-and-rescue mission amounts to virtually the entire police force in New Orleans.

Amid the turmoil Wednesday, thieves commandeered a forklift and used it to push up the storm shutters and break the glass of a pharmacy. The crowd stormed the store, carrying out so much ice, water and food that it dropped from their arms as they ran. The street was littered with packages of ramen noodles and other items.

Looters also chased down a state police truck full of food. The New Orleans police chief ran off looters while city officials themselves were commandeering equipment from a looted Office Depot. During a state of emergency, authorities have broad powers to take private supplies and buildings for their use.

New Orleans police tackles looters and took food and water for himself

The Mayor of New Orleans has ordered most of the city's police to abandon rescue efforts to focus on quelling the widespread looting and violence.

There are reports of shootings, carjackings and thefts across the city smashed by Hurricane Katrina.

Louisiana's governor asked Washington to send more people to help with the relief mission, to free National Guard troops to concentrate on looters.

President Bush condemned the acts and called for "zero tolerance".

Dozens of law officers were being brought in from around the country, the governor's office said.

Governor Kathleen Blanco said she was "furious" about the growing crime wave.

"We will do what it takes to bring law and order to our area."

Fires and foreboding

In New Orleans there is a feeling of foreboding as those marooned become more desperate for food and water.

Police have faced shoot-outs and some reports say that martial law has been imposed across parts of the city.

Armed gangs have moved into some hotels.

People have been breaking into shops, houses, hospitals and offices buildings, as gunshots rang out and fires flared.

They said thieves used a forklift truck to break into one city pharmacy but that was found to be a lie!.

Dozens of carjackings have been reported, including a nursing home bus and a truck carrying medical supplies for a hospital.

"We're going to stop it right now," Mayor Ray Nagin said.

Managers at a nursing home were prepared to cope with the power outages and had enough food for days, but then the looting began. The home's bus driver was forced to surrender the vehicle to carjackers.

Bands of people drove by the nursing home, shouting to residents, "Get out!" Eighty residents, most of them in wheelchairs, were being evacuated to other nursing homes in the state.

"We had enough food for 10 days," said Peggy Hoffman, the home's executive director. "Now we'll have to equip our department heads with guns and teach them how to shoot."

At one store, hordes of people from all ages, races and walks of life grabbed food and water. Some drove away with truckloads of beer.

At one point, two officers drew their guns on the looters, but the thieves left without incident. One of the officers said he was not going to arrest anyone for snatching up food and water.

One young man was seen wading through chest-deep floodwater, carrying a case of soda, after looting a grocery store.

"It's really difficult because my opinion of the looting is it started with people running out of food, and you can't really argue with that too much," Nagin said. "Then it escalated to this kind of mass chaos where people are taking electronic stuff and all that."

Gov. Kathleen Blanco said she has asked the White House to send more people to help with evacuations and rescues, thereby freeing up National Guardsmen to stop looters.

"We will restore law and order," Blanco said. "What angers me the most is that disasters like this often bring out the worst in people. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior."

John Matessino, president of the Louisiana Hospital Association, said he had not heard of anyone breaking into the hospitals, but he added that thieves got into the parking garage at one hospital and were stealing car batteries and stereos.

New Orleans' homeland security chief, Terry Ebbert, said looters were breaking into stores all over town and stealing guns. He said there are gangs of armed men moving around the city. At one point, criminals on the street fired at officers stranded on the roof of a hotel.

Authorities said an officer was shot in the head and a looter was wounded in a shootout. The officer and looter were expected to survive.

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