by Kevin Caruso
September 28, 2008
The New Orleans Police Department has suspended for officers and reassigned another due to allegations of looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The officers allegedly took non-essential items like jewelry and electronics equipment.
“There is zero tolerance for misconduct or unprofessionalism by any member of this department,” said Police Superintendent Warren Riley. He also indicated that “swift and decisive action” would be taken against any violaters.
Louisiana Attorney General, Charles Foti, Jr., is also investigating alleged police looting, including incidents at the Amerihost Inn that were captured on video and stills by reporters.
The hotel’s owner, Osman Khan, said that after the flood 70 police officers moved into the hotel, 62 of which performed their duty; but eight stayed behind and went on drinking and looting binges, returning in the middle of the night carrying “everything from Adidas shoes to Rolex watches.”