Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Nagin Redefines Oxymoron
Today New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass announced his pending retirement from his position at the NOPD. Somehow that acronym is very telling. NO PD is right.
Compass cited personal reasons for his retirement. Its a very thin veneer covering the real reason. The police force he commanded all but evaporated in the face of Hurricane Katrina. Some 250 of the 1,700 NOPD officers abandoned their posts, thereby allowing what was left of New Orleans to descend into a lawless jungle.
He was the man in charge. If this is his way of taking responsibility for his department's failure, good. Fare thee well Eddie. Good luck.
That said, I cannot in good conscience let slide the comment of Mayor Nagin on Compass' retirement:
He is a man who is loved by many, and we will miss him. It's a sad day in the city of New Orleans when a hero makes a decision like this. He leaves the department in pretty good shape and with a significant amount of leadership.
Military - Intelligence
Almost - Pregnant
NOPD - Good Shape