[FoRK] Why do people loot when the city is dying?

Ian Andrew Bell FoRK fork
Wed Aug 31 11:34:11 PDT 2005

As recently as 1997 I was aware that the New Orleans police dept.  
were the lowest-paid city cops in America, with starting salaries  
below $18,000.00.  When you're paying cops below the poverty line and  
below the wages of some private security guards, you're not exactly  
recruiting Boy Scouts.

The NOPD was the subject of rampant corruption in the early-to-mid  
1990s and instigated a house-cleaning effort from 1995-1999.  New  
Orleans is, however, a very poor city.  Even today the starting  
salary is only $29K (with a three year contract requirement) and  
they're churning more experienced cops to bigger cities.

You get what you pay for.


On 31-Aug-05, at 10:24 AM, Corinna wrote:

> ... including the cops...
> http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp? 
> vnu_content_id=1001051313
>  "The police got all the best stuff. They're crookeder than us,"  
> one man
> said. Most officers, though, simply stood by powerless against the  
> tide of
> law breakers.
> One veteran officer said, "It's like this everywhere in the city.  
> This tiny
> number of cops can't do anything about this. It's wide open."
> Some groups, the reporters wrote, "organized themselves into  
> assembly lines
> to more efficiently cart off goods. Inside the store, one woman was  
> stocking
> up on make-up. She said she took comfort in watching police load up  
> their
> own carts. 'It must be legal,' she said. 'The police are here  
> taking stuff,
> too.'"
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