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NOPD phantom cops: real or fiction?

Snopes says this claim is false:

New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin created a phantom force of 700 "virtual policemen."

Eddie Compass now hotel security consultant

The former head of the NOPD has a new gig: security consultant for New Orleans Fine Hotels.

NOPD got "sensitivity training" from Farrakhan aide

You might remember this from June. The NOPD - apparently directed by Eddie Compass - hired a deputy of Louis Farrakhan, Dennis Muhammad, to give their cops "sensitivity training":

[...the hiring came] after a rise in "anti-police" sentiment in the city.
In an item picked up by the Drudge Report, Police Chief Eddie Compass explained that "members of the Nation of Islam have some type of relationship" with the community and might be able to help ease tensions.
The Muhammed appointment immediately sparked controversy, with New Orleans Police Association spokesman David Benelli telling the Bayou Buzz that his phone had "been ringing off the hook" with complaints from the rank and file.

See also "Ray Nagin meets with Louis Farrakhan, discusses conspiracy theories". NewsMax says Nagin hasn't come to the phone to discuss that with them.

Eddie Compass: Nagin forced me out

Unnamed New Orleans Police officers tell NOLA that after NOPD superintendent Compass resigned, he returned to the cruise ship where he and others are staying, and:

"He was going around telling officers, including myself, it wasn't his doing, that he would've never quit," said a high-ranking officer who asked not to be named. "He had tears in his eyes. He didn't want to go."
Another officer said Compass told him, "You work at the pleasure of the mayor. This was not my decision."
...Officers said Compass told them that he and Nagin had an angry confrontation Tuesday morning, hours before Compass announced his retirement, which he said would begin after a transition period of up to 45 days.
...At the news conference, the two men were amicable, with Nagin calling Compass' retirement, after 26 years on the force, good for his family and bad for the city.
Nagin wished Compass well, calling him a hero and saying that he hoped Compass would at least send him a Christmas card during the holidays.
Compass seemed to fight back tears. Handlers shuffled Nagin off in one direction, Compass in another.
Even before Katrina, both Nagin and Compass had come under pressure, dealing with controversies over alleged underreporting of crime statistics in the 1st District, the enforcement of the residency rule for officers, and Compass' hiring of members of the Nation of Islam to do sensitivity training for the Police Department. The city also had seen a substantial rise in the murder rate in 2005.

Nagin has named Assistant Superintendent Warren Riley to be the acting superintendent.

IBD: Brown right about "Louisiana was dysfunctional"

From "Missing in Action":

Louisiana ranks third in the nation in the number of indicted officials per capita. Just the past generation has seen a governor, an attorney general, a federal judge, a state Senate president and a swarm of local officials convicted of assorted crimes.
Police Superintendent Eddie Compass didn't say why he suddenly resigned. But it comes after his department announced that about 250 New Orleans police officers - 15% of the force - could face punishment for leaving their posts without permission during Katrina.
Before Katrina, New Orleans was a crime-ridden city with a murder rate 10 times the national average. Only one in four murders result in a conviction, largely because retaliation against potential witnesses is common. Yet New Orleans had only three cops per 1,000 residents, a ratio less than half that of Washington, D.C.
Some of the officers who did not desert their posts actually stayed and joined the looters. In an MSNBC report aired shortly after Katrina hit, Martin Savidge, reporting from a Wal-Mart being looted, interviewed police officers claiming to be arresting suspects even as those cops loaded shopping carts with merchandise...
Mike Brown may deserve criticism for his performance. But given the corruption and malfeasance in the Pelican State, and the lack of preparedness and chaotic response of local officials, his observation that "Louisiana was dysfunctional" may not be far off the mark.

Note that one of the reasons those cops left there posts might be because they never existed in the first place.

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