Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The ghosts of the NOPD

Something interesting is brewing in New Orleans:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The chief of the New Orleans police is
stepping down from that post

Eddie Compass made the announcement this afternoon. He gave no reason, and asked that people respect his privacy and his decision.

Compass says he'll remain at the helm for a transition period of
30 to 45 days.

The announcement comes as the city still struggles to recover
from the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

The city's police force came under fire for its conduct in the aftermath of the storm. Officials now say about 250 officers -- some 15 percent of the police force-- left their posts in the days after the storm hit.

Judging from reports that have been circulating around the blogosphere, something huge may be coming down the pike. Just hours before Compass' resignation, Tony Snow reported on his radio show that reliable sources on Capital Hill had been telling him about a federal investigation that is targeting the NOPD.

According to Snow, the FBI has been trying to get a list of names of the officers who had left their posts during the Katrina aftermath. As it turns out, the number of missing officers is actually closer to 500 rather than the 250 that were being reported. But here's the kicker -- so far investigators have only been able to match 16% of the names on this list with real people. That means that New Orleans may have at least 420 phantom cops on their payroll. If this is true some heads are going to roll, and don't be surprised if one of them is the Mayor's. Stay tuned...

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