And people wonder why the rescue effort is going so slowly:
Hospitals struggled to evacuate critically ill patients who were dying for lack of oxygen, insulin or intravenous fluids. But when some hospitals try to airlift patients, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesan said, “there are people just taking potshots at police and at helicopters, telling them, ‘You better come get my family.”’
To make matters worse, the chief of the Louisiana State Police said he heard of New Orleans police officers — many from flooded areas — turning in their badges.
“They indicated that they had lost everything and didn’t feel that it was worth them going back to take fire from looters and losing their lives,” Col. Henry Whitehorn said.
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The situation is very tragic indeed.
As much as I hate to say it, I can’t blame these cops. I would probably turn in my fire badge if I were NOFD. And now 50-100 firefighters are hostages to these savages. Nothing short of military and SWAT is equipped for this kind of resistance.
You know, I can’t say that I blame them. It’s not worth being wounded or killed over some idiot stealing something that the insurance companies are going to cover anyway. Not only that, but the cops who live there have lost everything too. I can’t imagine losing everything, maybe not knowing where the rest of your loved ones are, and coping with riots. Local cops are not trained to deal in situations like this, as far as I know. And they are damned if they do damned if they don’t react to being shot at. If they shoot back, they are going to be smeared for shooting an “innocent civilian” that was just trying to get food or water. If they don’t, they potentially lose their own life or watch someone else lose their life.