Thursday, September 29, 2005

Corruption Charges Beginning To Surface In New Orleans Police Department

I have been referring cryptically to the so- called NOLA "phantom cops" recently. Well it appears to be a great deal more solid than blog scuttlebutt. That bizarro Compass presser is beginning to make a bit more sense now.

New Orleans, Louisiana (AHN) - Fox News reports an investigation is underway by the FBI as agents look into massive corruption on the state and local levels in the New Orleans Police Department.

Police Chief Eddie Compass suddenly resigned on Tuesday asking media interests to respect his right to privacy, but it appears that the former New Orleans cop has a lot of explaining to do.

"It's pretty much always been known, but never openly acknowledged, that NOPD's actual numbers were far below the "official" figure of 1500 - 1700," says the Fox News source.
The number of officers that actually are employed by the department are around 900 to 1,000.

The question now remains...where was all of that salary money going to?

The FBI began investigating the New Orleans police who had abandoned their post during Katrina and of the more than 500 screened so far, 84-percent don't exist.

The investigation is widening on Wednesday to include New Orleans Police Foundation and Elodia Blanco for hiring practices as well.

Update: AHN has pulled this article for reasons unknown. I'm checking into it.

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