Friday, September 16, 2005

"The people at the Convention Center were left high and f---ing dry"

So says an eight year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department, one of six officers detailed to the New Orleans Convention Center in the days immediately after Katrina.

"Lots of people on the street were asking me where to go. I'm telling them the truth, which is I don't know, they haven't told us anything. They're telling us that somebody told them that they were told by another person who was somebody in charge of something that the Convention Center was being set up as a secondary evacuation point with food and water. Those people went to the Convention Center, and there was no food or water there for them. So now there's no water, there's no police. And now there's 20,000 people with no extra security down there.

"We just told people that the National Guard was handling the evacuation effort, and they're not talking to us. So we've got all these people at the Convention Center, and now the captain is saying, okay, you all got to get out of the hotel. They're going to riot and they're going to burn the fucking hotel down. They're going to start this big massive thing, they're going to start killing people on Convention Center Boulevard, it's going to be a big massacre."


More here: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2005/09/survivor_storie_5.asp

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