As the city slipped into anarchy during the first few days after Katrina, the 1,700-member police department itself suffered a crisis. Many officers left New Orleans, deserting their office and responsibility. Others were filmed apparently joining in the looting that broke out in the absence of an effective police force. Two officers Compass described as friends committed suicide. "It's a sad day in the city of New Orleans when a hero makes a decision like this," said Mayor Nagin, who appointed Compass in mid-2002. "He leaves the department in pretty good shape and with a significant amount of leadership." Mr. Nagin's words mean little. Many times scoundrels are called heros as they are flushed down history's toilet of oblivion.
I believe it has become obvious that Mr. Compass not only lost control of New Orleans, but also control of his own police force. Over the past few weeks we have seen his officers walk off the job and leave town, turn to blatant crime themselves or choose suicide. To be sure, there are heros on the police force of New Orleans. Mr. Compass himself, however, violated the second ammendment, as well as the fourth ammendment. This classifies him as one who turned to criminal activity. While at the very least condoning these violations of the Constitution, Mr. Compass called officers who walked off the job cowards. Then, when a hot bright light was shone on his activities, Mr. Compass turned in his badge and walked off the job. Thus he joined those who he labeled cowards. I do not wish him suicide, but I would not feel the loss if he chose it.
Here in Louisiana, we have a word for a person of no honor, who bleeds society and then turns tail, one who is lower than a coward. Scalawag. Mr. Compass is a scalawag.
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