Rose Lodge, Oregon
THE EDITOR RESPONDS:Thank you for the correction. During the last week of September (the week after my editorial mentioning New Orleans went to press), news reports began to debunk the early reports of murder and rape — reports dished out by the city’s police chief, among others. Between the Superdome and the Convention Center, the two main centers for refugees, there was only one confirmed death due to violence, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Police said that most of the reports of rape were false.
Still, there’s no question that chaos did break out, perhaps most notably among some law enforcement officers. Acting New Orleans Police Chief Warren Riley has suspended four officers without pay and put more than a dozen others under investigation for looting, or failing to combat looting, following the storm.
—Greg Hanscom, editor