No, the above picture is not from Haiti....it's New Orleans, 2005
From a FEMA statement on September 2, 2005....
The head of the federal disaster relief agency said Friday it's "heartbreaking and very, very frustrating" to witness the virtual anarchy in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans and defended the Bush administration's response.
FOX reporting September 2, 2005....
Thousands of National Guardsmen and women armed with food, water and weapons streamed into the hurricane-ravaged New Orleans on Friday to bring relief to the suffering and take back the streets from the looters and armed vigilantes.
There were also reports of a hostage situation in the New Orleans area........The gangs reportedly shot and killed several sheriff's deputies and were in a gunbattle with firefighters. A rescue effort was under way, FOX News confirmed.
The Nation reports on how the media and political professionals focused on alleged looting.....
.....stranded African-Americans, left on their own to scavenge desperately for food, water and dry clothes, were tarred as looters. It was not only the likes of Fox's Sean Hannity going on about the "mayhem and looting and stealing"; the New York Times offered up purple prose about looters who "brazenly ripped open gates and ransacked stores for food, clothing, television sets, computers, jewelry and guns, often in full view of helpless law-enforcement officials." Then-Governor Kathleen Blanco postured that her troops "know how to shoot and kill, and they are more than willing to do so if necessary." And Mayor Ray Nagin ordered 1,500 police to abandon search-and-rescue operations to target theft instead.
Then this happened.....
A deadly police murder occurred on the Danziger bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. On Sunday, September 4, 2005 seven police officers responded to a police dispatch reporting an officer down. According to the police, at least four people were firing weapons at the officers who then returned fire. Nineteen-year-old James Brisette and forty-year-old Ronald Madison were killed in the gunfire, and four other civilians were wounded. All claimed to have been unarmed.
Yesterday, New Orleans Police Department Lt. Michael Lohman pleaded guilty.....
......to his role in an elaborate cover-up of the police shootings Sept. 4, 2005.
His confession places him at the core of the conspiracy and implicates several NOPD officers and supervisors in the criminal activity.
Two NOPD investigations concluded officers had come under fire at the bridge and were justified in shooting in self-defense, killing Ronald Madison and James Brissette, and injuring four others.
Mr. Lohman, however, admitted the civilians were unarmed and that at the scene he realized the officers' actions had not been justified. He then encouraged the officers to make up false stories to justify the shooting, his confession said. As supervisor of the incident's investigation, Mr. Lohman admitted to conspiring with the officers to cover-up the lies.
That included Mr. Lohman participating in a scheme with a sergeant to plant a gun at the bridge. When he learned of the sergeant's intentions, Mr. Lohman simply asked whether the gun was "clean," meaning that it could not be traced back to another crime, Mr. Lohman admitted in court.
The court documents also indicate that Mr. Lohman, "frustrated that the cover-up story" in the initial October 2005 investigator's report "was not logical, personally drafted a 17-page false report . . . that would help justify the police shooting."
Occasionally.....it's not just a conspiracy theory.....but an actual conspiracy.
The Katrina/New Orleans chapter of our history is tragic. Personally, the most revolting part of the event, other than the 1000 deaths, was the "blame the victims" theme that many media representatives and political officials seemed quick to embrace.
However, the second most revolting part of the tragic story was how quickly some prominent media members spread rumors of "armed vigilantes" who were (gasp) "looting." That irresponsible spreading of unconfirmed rumors and speculation only added to the hysteria and confusion. Eventually, it led to the murder of 2 and the wounding of 4 black, unarmed New Orleans citizens crossing the Danziger Bridge. Murdered and wounded by white cops in cold blood. Cops who proceeded to conspire to cover-up the truth, plant a gun, stick to the same pre-arranged story line and swear in depositions that they were telling the truth.
Very ugly story.
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