The citizens and city council of Gretna, Lousiana endorse their police chief’s decision to used armed force to prevent terrifying gangs of sick and exhausted people from escaping into their suburb from New Orleans:
Little over a week after this mostly white suburb became a symbol of callousness for using armed officers to seal one of the last escape routes from New Orleans—trapping thousands of mostly black evacuees in the flooded city—the Gretna City Council passed a resolution supporting the police chief’s move.
“This wasn’t just one man’s decision,” Mayor Ronnie C. Harris said Thursday. “The whole community backs it.”
Via Majikthise, where Maryland commenter “Steven” says:
If I wanted to live with people like that I would. But I don’t and I expect our local governemnt and police to ensure our security. That is their job…and they did it much better than the local govenment of NEW ORLEANS—Who ran away!
What “ensures our security” most of all, of course, is a general mutual willingness to help one another. In blocking their bridge out of New Orleans, the people of Gretna, Louisiana have behaved as selfishly as any gangster. Certainly they have done more damage to the bonds that hold society together than could be caused by looting a dozen Wal-Marts. If they’re very lucky, neither Mayor Ronnie C. Harris nor his police chief will ever need the help of a neighbor in an emergency. And if the rest of us are lucky, we’ll never be one of those neighbors, facing the temptation to mete out what Mayor Ronnie C. Harris, his police chief, and many of the citizens of Gretna, Louisiana so evidently deserve.