National Guard Returns to New Orleans

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  1. carpro

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    Oct 14, 2004
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    National Guard troops roll into New Orleans
    Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:50pm ET


    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - National Guard troops rolled into New Orleans on Tuesday in support of a police force struggling to keep peace in a city still badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina and reeling from the weekend slaying of five teens.

    Dozens of tan and camouflaged Humvees converged near the banks of the Mississippi River where commanders gave orders to secure the ghostly neighborhoods most devastated by the storm.

    "If the criminals control, our families won't return," Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco told about 100 Guard soldiers and about 60 state police who will take their posts by Tuesday evening. Two hundred more Guard troops are due within a week.

    Guardsmen and women from around the nation were called in after Katrina to secure the city and quell looting, but they departed in February.
    A rising murder rate, the return of drugs and the killing of five teens on Saturday galvanized officials to accelerate their plan to reinforce city police over the summer.
  2. lgpruitt

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    Wow......wonder what on earth it will take to make New Orleans a safe place to return to and also to get the tourism going again?
    This is sad that the National Guard had to be called it....seems extreme. It must be bad!!!

    God bless those that lost much.....I pray for some sort of normalcy to return to their ever they may be.

    :wavey: :Fish:

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