Looters try to break into children’s hospital

Posted by: ST on August 31, 2005 at 8:42 am

This is disgusting:

Late Tuesday, Gov. Blanco spokeswoman Denise Bottcher described a disturbing scene unfolding in uptown New Orleans, where looters were trying to break into Children’s Hospital.

Bottcher said the director of the hospital fears for the safety of the staff and the 100 kids inside the hospital. The director said the hospital is locked, but that the looters were trying to break in and had gathered outside the facility.

The director has sought help from the police, but, due to rising flood waters, police have not been able to respond.

Even some New Orleans police officers are getting in on the looting at local stores:

At the Wal-Mart on Tchoupitoulas Street, an initial effort to hand out provisions to stranded citizens quickly disintegrated into mass looting. Authorities at the scene said bedlam erupted after the giveaway was announced over the radio.

While many people carried out food and essential supplies, others cleared out jewelry racks and carted out computers, TVs and appliances on handtrucks.

Some officers joined in taking whatever they could, including one New Orleans cop who loaded a shopping cart with a compact computer and a 27-inch flat screen television.

(Hat tip Brian Collier at Vodkapundit) 

Unbelievable.   The city of New Orleans has descended into chaos as, unfortunately, natural disasters sometimes tend to bring out the worst in people.   It’s difficult to get them all the help they need seeing as that the roads, bridges, and highways leading into NO are mostly impassable.

Louisiana’s governor has declared today a day of prayer.

Related:

Afternoon update: Jason at Generation Why? has some suggestions for what to do with the looters.

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  1. J Rob says:

    REading the update on Michelle Malkin’s post, I see the Louisianna governor has requested the national guard. I would not be surprised to see a much-needed declaration of martial law in New Orleans. There is no reason for looters to be laying siege on a children’s hospital.

  2. gary says:

    People stranded with children to feed will do desperate things. However, looters for mechandise, should be shot. I really feel for those there, and especially those trying to maintain order. My neighbor, a lineman, left out this morning. His company called last night told him to pack, a least for a month……………. So I get to take care fo his kids and yardwork… Who knows where this will actually take us… I would hate to be in Iraq or Afgan and watch my state get blown away and flooded. Not able to contact family.. And could do nothing… God, that would be an awful situation….

  3. Seth says:

    It is disappointing that cops were among the looters, but I’m not dumbstruck over that news, having several of NOLA’s finest in my social circle down there and having heard a lot of inside stories during long evenings over drinks at various bars.

    It’s not hard to figure out why a lot of law abiding Nawlins natives don’t trust their local police.

  4. ArizonaTeach says:

    We talked about this a bit this morning in class…I asked a kid who’s in student council (bright kid…good kid…a little left, but what can you do?) if there were any plans to raise money or supplies, especially after all our school did for tsunami relief…she said nobody’s brought it up because nobody really watches the news. Man, did I get upset. One girl’s from New Orleans and was trying to explain how the city was set up. She says her family got out years ago because they were afraid just this would happen. Another kid said he sympathized with the looters. The rest of the kids nearly ripped her to shreds.

    Man. Messed up.

  5. Interesting .. well, at least it sounds like most of ‘em weren’t making excuses for the looters. I’ve seen a bit too much of that today.