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

Luis Villa luis.villa
Wed Aug 31 13:05:56 PDT 2005


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On 8/31/05, Strata R. Chalup <strata at virtual.net> wrote:
> 
> I can't get to it right now because LJ is down, but a friend posted a link last
> night to an outside page showing two photoclips from news stories.  One showed a
> black person with supplies wading through water and was labelled "...with
> groceries looted from a store" and the other showed two white people with
> supplies wading through water and was labelled "...with bread and other food
> found at a store".
> 
> The "finding" and "looting" verbs had been circled in red.  And the commentary
> was more than slightly biting.  :-(
> 
> SRC
> 
> 
> Regina Schuman wrote:
> 
> > A CNN reporter said yesterday that what he saw was more indicative of
> > people looking for food and other essentials than looting. He saw a lot
> > of people handing off what they "looted" (food, water and blankets) to
> > others waiting in a line.
> >
> > "We distort, you decide."
> >
> > On a really horrid note: this morning CNN interviewing a policeman in
> > Slidell, who said (I swear) that as soon as he finished with the
> > interview he was going to check on his 80-YEAR OLD BLIND NEIGHBOR WHO
> > MIGHT STILL BE ALIVE.  The interview continued leisurely for another
> > five minutes, perhaps while the elderly blind man struggled for his last
> > breath.  As the report concluded, the CNN reporter said "Hey!  Can my
> > camera man follow you while you look for your neighbor?"
> >
> > give us (dead and) dirty laundry.
> >
> > g
> >
> >
> >>>><kelley at inkworkswell.com> 8/31/2005 2:38:23 PM >>>
> >
> > At 01:24 PM 8/31/2005, 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.'"
> >
> >
> > I thought this was interesting:
> >
> >
> > This is interesting:
> >
> > Looting is perhaps the most expected behavior subsequent to a disaster
> > and
> > probably the most misreported post disaster event. Surveys indicate
> > (Quarantelli) that 70-90 percent of people in a disaster will hear
> > unsubstantiated stories about looting. After the Oakland Hills fire,
> > one TV
> > station reported looting, another reported on the lack of looting. I
> > was
> > able to inspect one burnt out neighborhood and found that there wasn't
> > much
> > to take. The relatively few instances of looting that does occur
> > involve
> > articles of little value and are usually committed by non-local
> > security
> > forces. Similar to price gouging, the media shares much of the blame
> > for
> > this misinformation. According to Fischer, national and network
> > reporters
> > construct news stories that conform to their perception of what
> > normally
> > occurs after a disaster instead of researching facts. Keep in mind
> > that
> > much of news reporting is entertainment focused. If it is reported by
> > and
> > media and believed by the public, local leaders must take steps to
> > respond
> > to it, real or perceived, lending credibility to the assumption that
> > looting is pervasive. The incidence of looting (and other post
> > disaster
> > crime) is often misrepresented by those who have something to sell or
> > a
> > philosophical reason for you to believe in the impending breakdown of
> > the
> > social order. One survivalist web site claims that 'of the hundreds of
> > victims that I have dealt with [after Hugo], most had lost something
> > to
> > looters. During Hurricane Andrew, looting was common place and accepted
> > as
> > a way of life. One victim from an upper class neighborhood told me "I
> > was
> > shunned by my neighbors because I rejected an offer to cruise for
> > goods."
> > Substantiated cases of looting after Hurricane Georges: 0.
> > Substantiated
> > cases of looting after Hurricane Andrew: probably 0.
> >
> > One of our duties as continuity planners is to educate and manage the
> > expectations of the 'masses.' Misinformation has caused people to drown
> > in
> > a storm surge trying to protect their property from potential looting.
> > It
> > has caused innocent victims and family members to be killed or injured
> > by
> > firearms. Important sociological and victimization theories do not
> > change -
> > persons are still more likely to be injured by an intimate partner
> > (48%),
> > family member (32%), than by a stranger (20%). Next time we have the
> > opportunity to advise the public or coworkers, ensure it is from a
> > position
> > of knowledge and not mythology.
> >
> > http://64.233.179.104/search?q=cache:VySZqrBxX7IJ:www.all-hands.net/pn/modules.php%3Fop%3Dmodload%26name%3DNews%26file%3Darticle%26sid%3D17+%22looting+after+hurricane%22&hl=en&client=firefox-a
> >
> >
> >
> >
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> >
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