Looting begins in New Orleans

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  1. Ben W

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    Looting Takes Place in View of La. Police

    By ALLEN G. BREED
    Associated Press Writer
    Published August 30, 2005, 4:59 PM CDT

    NEW ORLEANS -- With much of the city flooded by Hurricane Katrina, looters floated garbage cans filled with clothing and jewelry down the street in a dash to grab what they could. In some cases, looting on Tuesday took place in full view of police and National Guard troops.

    At a Walgreen's drug store in the French Quarter, people were running out with grocery baskets and coolers full of soft drinks, chips and diapers.

    When police finally showed up, a young boy stood in the door screaming, "86! 86!" -- the radio code for police -- and the crowd scattered.

    Denise Bollinger, a tourist from Philadelphia, stood outside and snapped pictures in amazement.

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

    Around the corner on Canal Street, the main thoroughfare in the central business district, people sloshed headlong through hip-deep water as looters ripped open the steel gates on the front of several clothing and jewelry stores.

    One man, who had about 10 pairs of jeans draped over his left arm, was asked if he was salvaging things from his store.

    "No," the man shouted, "that's EVERYBODY'S store."

    Looters filled industrial-sized garbage cans with clothing and jewelry and floated them down the street on bits of plywood and insulation as National Guard lumbered by.

    Mike Franklin stood on the trolley tracks and watched the spectacle unfold.

    "To be honest with you, people who are oppressed all their lives, man, it's an opportunity to get back at society," he said.

    A man walked down Canal Street with a pallet of food on his head. His wife, who refused to give her name, insisted they weren't stealing from the nearby Winn-Dixie supermarket. "It's about survival right now," she said as she held a plastic bag full of purloined items. "We got to feed our children. I've got eight grandchildren to feed."

    At a drug store on Canal Street just outside the French Quarter, two police officers with pump 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."

    Another office, D.J. Butler, told the crowd standing around that they would be out of the way 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."

    The looting was taking place in full view of passing National Guard trucks and police cruisers.

    One man with an armload of clothes even asked a policeman, "can I borrow your car?"

    Some in the crowd splashed into the waist-deep water like giddy children at the beach.

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  2. Matt Black

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    Anyone else noticed rather more than a slight racial bias in the reporting of this phenomenon:-

    "LOOTERS"
    "LOOTERS"

    "LOOTERS"

    "FINDERS"

    Can anyone spot the odd one out? And can anyone spot the link between the odd one out and skin colour?
     
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    I guess the pictures we see on the telly tell the story without any commentary as to skin colour. It's just a fact! Yobs are yobs!

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Bah...not all the links I put up seem to work - that's Yahoo for you! Basically, though, the first three were of black individuals removing goods from stores and called 'looters' and the last one was of a white couple holding a loaf of bread which the article said they had 'found' from a grocery store.
     
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    I have not found in racial bias in the reporting. The ones who stayed in the city were predominately black and are the main looters. They are disgracefull and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law regardless of who they are.
     
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    So explain the reference to 'looting' for blacks and 'finding' for whites.
     
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    They have said numerous times that if people are getting food and survival items that is understandable, those would be "finders". Even the police are going into the stores to get carts full of food and other survival items to give to the people.

    The looters are taking games, televisions, jewelry, some have even been taking money and drugs from the drug store. These people are not trying to survive, but showing their greed!
     
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    It would be almost impossible to be too biased about New Orleans. The majority of their population, as far as I know, is still Cajun, and that doesn't show up on the racial identification charts nationwide.
     
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    yob
    n : a cruel and brutal fellow [syn: bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yobo, yobbo]

    The whole story is just breaking my heart. This is a major disaster. And after N.O.L.A. thought they escaped the worst of the storm.
     
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    Hearing reports of guns and ammunition being stolen and armed gangs roaming the flooded streets. This is getting scary.
     
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    These people are just further compounding a tragedy. I hope many are caught and prosecuted. Just a sad testimony of the depravity of man really.
     
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    Can't afford to try and catch them - they are free to steal and even shoot.
     
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    One police officer was shot in the head, but is recovering.
     
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    I feel ashamed of myself because I am letting these looters, and I am talking about those stealing for greed not survival, affect my compassion for those in New Orleans. Please pray for me. I am sure that most people there are not that way. It just makes me SO angry to see people "shopping" in Walmarts, with carts, choosing items that they cannot even use because there is NO electricity. And they are not even one iota ashamed of themselves. I don't care how oppressed someone is. That does NOT give them the right to get back at society due to a horrible event.
     
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    The looters don't represent the majority of the people down there, but it really is hard to feel compassion when you see them killing each other.

    We thought Americans were better than the people of terrorist nations. We just didn't have a reason or opportunity to act like animals.
     
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    Won't insurance cover the department, retail, grocery stores and the other.

    I am bothered with the looting of homes, stepping over bodies to ravage someones belongings. Let's bag them and tag them. We'll work out the details later.
     
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    Sure, insurance will cover the stores. But eventually that cost will be passed on to the consumer. It always is!

    As for those that are robbing dead people's home, I am still trying to digest that piece of information. It is hard for me to believe that there is someone out there THAT rotten.
     
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    The is from the AP via Yahoo News:

    New Orleans Mayor Issues 'Desperate SOS'

    In the story:
     
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    I wonder if all the Guardsmen are armed and what their "rules of engagement" might be?
     
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    Were the reporters the same?
     

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