Looting NOLA Cops (video)

Matt Welch over at Hit & Run points to this CNN report (video LINK) that offers fairly damning evidence against members of the New Orleans police.

One of the key witnesses is the owner of a hotel, which housed 70 police officers during Katrina and its aftermath. He and other members of the staff claim that at least 8 cops went on a looting spree every day, coming back with car-loads of goodies, including Rolex watches, jewelry, and weapons. The most egregious instance being a generator they stole from a hospital to keep their beers cold.

Their testimony is confirmed by several residents who saw cops break into abandoned apartments and homes and come back out with stolen property, some of which was transported out of the city in a school bus that the cops "borrowed" from the Super Dome.

The police spokesman's response: eyewitnesses simply misunderstood routine actions taken by police officers in the course of "doing their job."

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