In Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath, police shot six people – killing two – as they crossed a bridge in search of food. For years the case was a shocking symbol of the confusion and violence that swept through the flooded city. On Wednesday it became a mark of shame for the police department.
As victims' relatives watched from the courtroom gallery, a retired lieutenant who supervised the department's probe of the shootings pleaded guilty to orchestrating a cover-up to conceal that police gunned down unarmed civilians.
Michael Lohman, a 21-year veteran of the force, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Prosecutors said Lohman and other unidentified officers conspired to fabricate witness statements, falsify reports of the incident and plant a gun in an attempt to make it appear the killings were justified.
In the aftermath of Katrina, while the world was watching the United States of America dissipate into the chaos and deformity of a failed state, albeit it on only a regional level, not only were there now laws anymore for those who were starving, no, the ones who were sworn to uphold the law and to protect the citizens reacted in the manner of ganglords that we are supposed to be fighting somewhere. Now, where was that? Oh, yes, all those terrorist places, like Somalia and Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iraq and Iran.
And here's rule number one for survival in the aftermath of a catastrophe.
If you see a cop, hide.
If you see a Blackwater operative, hide.
If you are black, hide.
Don't take the chance of being seen alone by them. Don't go into the "good parts" of town, regardless of the fact that the chances of finding something to eat or something to drink are much higher there.
They will call you a "looter".
They will call you a "criminal".
They will kill you.
Don't give thugs in a uniform the opportunity to kill you and cover it up. The fact that they have uniforms gives them power. It doesn't necessarily give them authority. Remember, they have not come to help you.
They are there to protect the property of their masters.
They will kill you.
Find a news team with a camera.
Stay close to them. Stay in groups. Stay in focus.
Find CNN's Anderson Cooper. He'll be easy to spot. He's the white guy with the silver hair and the impossibly tight t-shirts. Stay with him. He's a decent guy, and what's worth more, he can provide you the cover you need. The cover of the chance that all of what might happen will be seen by the world.
Thugs don't like the news, not if it's live and there is no way in hell it can be manipulated. It exposes them. It makes them liable. And even the most retarded thug (uniform or not) knows that something seen live around the world will lead to a conviction.
Even the most retarded thug knows that the ones higher up, the bloated squids in the backrooms of the Beltway, will sell him out without even blinking or letting go of the other thugs they have wrapped their tentacles around.
Know this. It will help you.
Stay on the news.