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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

New Orleans police chief defends force where up to 200 'cowards' have deserted

Not since The Spartans at Thermopylae have a group of people displayed such courage under pressure as the New Orleans police department, the force's chief said last night at an emotional press conference. Only a few cowards, Eddie Compass said, had quit and run.

The outburst invoking loyal heroism, delivered with Jesse Jackson at his side, came in the wake of news that two of his officers had killed themselves and up to another 200 had apparently gone absent without leave. They were said to have been alarmed and dismayed at becoming a target of snipers and looters. One of their number had been shot, not fatally, in the head last week. Full Link...

Rumor has it that the police officers that quit were all white. They said I'm not going to risk my life for those black people.

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