Thursday, September 22, 2005

Looting still a problem in New Orleans

Only this time it is looting by city employees and officials of supplies and donations intended for hurricane victims. Police raided the home of Cedric Floyd, chief administration officer of Kenner, La., a New Orleans suburb. Police were reacting to complaints from victims that city workers were helping themselves to donations for hurricane victims. Floyd was in charge of distributing donations to hurricane victims in the New Orleans suburb. Police found cases of food, clothing and tools intended for hurricane victims in Floyd's garage and hauled away 4 pickup truckloads of looted donations. Police Capt. Steve Caraway said, "It was an awful lot of stuff."

Police will file charges of committing an illegal act as a public official against Floyd, and more charges against other city workers are possible. The donated materials must be processed as evidence but eventually will be distributed to victims.

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