Weâ€™ve read and heard some of the horror stories of what happened inside the Superdome. But that was nothing compared with what it was like for the 15,000 people in the New Orleans Convention Center. Here is some of what The New York Times has reported:
“Gunfire became so routine that large SWAT teams had to storm the place nearly every night. . . . Armed groups of 15 to 25 men terrorized the others, stealing cash and jewelry. . . . Policemen patrolling the center told him that a number of women had been dragged off by groups of men and gang-raped, and that murders were occurring.”
It got so out of control that the Police Department came close to abandoning the convention halls and evacuating police officers by helicopter, a la the fall of Saigon.
“The only way I can describe it is as a completely lawless situation,” said Capt. Winn, the head of the police SWAT team.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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